The United States Courts has opened the public comment period for several proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure. Comments must be submitted in writing by February 15, 2013.
The changes affect the Federal Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Evidence rules. They were approved for publication by the Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on the Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Evidence Rules on June 11, 2012, and the public comment period opened August 15, 2012.
The following rules were affected by the proposed changes:
- Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rule 6;
- Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Rules 1014(b), 7004(e), 7008, 7012, 7016, 7054, 8001-8028, 9023, 9024, 9027, and 9033, and Offiical Forms 3A, 3B, 6I, 6J, 22A-1, 22A-2, 22B, 22C-1, and 22C-2;
- Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rules 5(d) and 58; and
- Federal Rules of Evidence, Rules 801(d)(1)(B) and 803(6), (7), and (8).
A PDF of the changes can be found here. Comments must be submitted to the Advisory Committees in writing, and will be reviewed then made part of the public record. All comments can be viewed through the U.S. Courts website by clicking the links to the Rules sets.