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October 06, 2011

Judicial Conference’s Five Advisory Committees Seek Comments on Proposed Amendments to Rules

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on the Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, Criminal, and Evidence rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and requested comment. The proposed amendments, rules committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and other information are posted on the Judiciary’s Federal Rulemaking website at http://www.uscourts.gov/rules. The advisory committees welcome comment on all aspects of each proposal.

Comments on the proposed amendments should be provided as soon as possible. The comment deadline is February 15, 2012. All comments, including suggestions or other correspondence, may be submitted electronically to Rules_Comments@ao.uscourts.gov or in hard copy to the Secretary of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Washington, DC, 20544. The advisory committees will review all timely comments. All comments are made part of the official record and are available to the public.

The Advisory Committees on the Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, Criminal, and Evidence rules will hold public hearings on the proposed amendments on the following dates:

• Appellate Rules in Columbus, Ohio, on January 31, 2012, and in Washington, DC, on February 3, 2012;

• Bankruptcy Rules in Washington, DC, on January 13, 2012, and in Chicago, Illinois, on February 10, 2012;

• Civil Rules in Washington, DC, on November 7, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 4, 2012, and in Chicago, Illinois, on January 27, 2012;

• Criminal Rules in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 6, 2012, and in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2012; and

• Evidence Rules in Phoenix, Arizona, on January 7, 2012, and in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2012.

Anyone wishing to testify must contact the committee secretary at the above address at least 30 days before the hearing.

After the public comment period, the advisory committees will decide whether to submit the proposed amendments to the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. At this time, the standing committee has not approved these proposed amendments, except to authorize their publication for comment. The proposed amendments have not been submitted to or considered by the Judicial Conference or the Supreme Court.

 

Updated: Oct 06, 2011