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Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012

Congress has taken no action on the amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy and Criminal Procedure approved by the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012, and transmitted to Congress on April 24, 2012. Under the Rules Enabling Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2071-75, the following amendments take effect on December 1, 2012:

  • Bankruptcy Rules 1007, 2015, 3001, 7054 and 7056; and
  • Criminal Rules 5 and 15, and new Rule 37.

Under 28 U.S.C. § 2074(a) and the Supreme Court orders dated April 23, 2012, the amendments will govern all proceedings commenced on or after December 1, 2012, and all proceedings then pending "insofar as just and practicable." The text of the amended rules and extensive supporting documentation can be found on the Judiciary's Federal Rules of Practice & Procedure website at: