Friday, May 6, 2011

SCOTUS Approves Latest Amendments to the Federal Rules

Last week the Supreme Court approved and transmitted to Congress the latest round of Federal Rules amendments. This announcement appears on the U.S. Courts website:

On April 26, 2011, the Supreme Court approved the amendments to the following rules and new rules, which were approved by the Judicial Conference at its September 2010 session:

  • Appellate Rules 4 and 40;
  • Bankruptcy Rules 2003, 2019, 3001, 4004, 6003; new Rules 1004.2 and 3002.1;
  • Criminal Rules 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 32, 40, 41, 43, and 49, and new Rule 4.1; and
  • Restyled Evidence Rules 101-1103.

(The Supreme Court suggested minor style revisions to Evidence Rules 408(a)(1) and 804(b)(4), as approved by the Judicial Conference in September 2010. The Rules Committees and the Executive Committee acting on behalf of the Judicial Conference approved the suggested revisions to Evidence Rules 408 and 804 on March 31, 2011.)

The rules amendments and new rules were transmitted Congress in accordance with the Rules Enabling Act, and will take effect on December 1, 2011, unless Congress enacts legislation to the contrary.

For links to all of the proposed amendments, head here.


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