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Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

When an advisory committee recommends an amendment to the rules, it must obtain the approval of the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure to publish the proposed amendment for public comment. During the comment period, the public is encouraged to submit written comments and may also request to testify at public hearings on the proposed amendment.

In 2018, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved publication of proposed amendments to the following rules:

  • Appellate Rules 35, 40;
  • Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 2004, 8012;
  • Civil Rule 30; and
  • Evidence Rule 404.

The comment period opened August 15, 2018 and closes February 15, 2019. Read the text of the proposed amendments and supporting materials:

Preliminary Draft of Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, and Civil Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence (pdf)

Public Hearings

Members of the public who wish to present testimony may appear at public hearings on the proposed amendments.

How to Submit or Review Comments on the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules

Written comments are welcome on each rule proposal. The advisory committees will review all timely comments, which are made part of the official record and are available to the public. The comment period closes on February 15, 2019.

Comments and supporting files must be submitted electronically using the Regulations.gov portal.  After choosing the appropriate link below, click the "Submit a Comment" link. This will display the comment web form.  You can then enter your submitter information and attach your comment as a file (up to 10MB), or type your comment directly on the web form. When you have finished attaching or typing your comment, click the "Preview Comment" link to review. Once you are satisfied with your comment, click the "Submit" button to send your comment to the advisory committees. Upon completion, you will receive a tracking number for your submission.

January 18, 2019 Update: Regulations.gov is currently affected by the government shutdown and the links below may not work. The comment period remains open through February 15, 2019, and comments can be submitted after the shutdown ends up until the deadline. If the shutdown persists through February 8, 2019, and the links below are inoperable, comments and supporting files should be submitted electronically to the Secretary of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure at RulesCommittee_Secretary@ao.uscourts.gov. All comments will be made part of the official record and will be available to the public.

Detailed instructions on how to submit a comment are given in the Regulations.gov FAQs.