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Federal Rules website revamped, accepting comment on rule changes

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The United States Courts’ Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Evidence Rules announced Friday that it is seeking comment on several proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, as well as changes made to its website. Officials hope the revamped website will be more user-friendly.

The Rules section is now divided into general categories: effective, pending, and proposed rules published for public comment. There are also sections about the rulemaking process and the records and archives of the Judicial Conference’s Rules committees.

Benjamin Robinson in the Judicial Conference Rules Committee Support Office said the goal is to make the rulemaking process even more transparent and collaborative.

Attorneys can take a look at the revisions while commenting on proposed changes  to several rules, including Appellate Rule 6, appeal in a bankruptcy case; Bankruptcy Rule 1014(b), dismissal and change of venue; Criminal Rule 5(d), initial appearance; and Evidence Rule 801(d)(1)(B), exclusions from hearsay.

The rules were approved for publication June 11, with the public comment period beginning Wednesday. Comments will be accepted through Feb. 15, 2013.

 

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