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Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Congress has taken no action on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, and Civil Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence, adopted by the Supreme Court and transmitted to Congress on April 27, 2020. Under the Rules Enabling Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2071-75, the following take effect today, December 1, 2020:


Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure


Rule 35 En Banc Determination


Rule 40 Petition for Panel Rehearing


Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure


Rule 2002 Notices to Creditors, Equity Security Holders, Administrators in Foreign Proceedings, Persons Against Whom Provisional Relief is Sought in Ancillary and Other Cross-Border Cases, United States, and United States Trustee


Rule 2004 Examination


Rule 8012 Disclosure Statement


Rule 8013 Motions; Intervention


Rule 8015 Form and Length of Briefs; Form of Appendices and Other Papers


Rule 8021 Costs


Federal Rules of Civil Procedure


Rule 30 Depositions by Oral Examination


Federal Rules of Evidence


Rule 404 Character Evidence; Other Crimes, Wrongs, or Acts


Under 28 U.S.C. §§ 2074(a) and 2075, and the Supreme Court orders dated April 27, 2020, the amendments govern all proceedings commenced on or after December 1, 2020, and all proceedings then pending “insofar as just and practicable.” The text of the new and amended rules, and the accompanying committee notes—along with extensive supporting documentation related to their adoption—are posted on the “Current Rules” page of the Judiciary’s website at: