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Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: A Quick Update

As covered here in the DiscoverReady blog, a number of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are in the works. As I mentioned in my last post on the amendments, the Civil Rules Advisory Committee unanimously approved the latest round of revisions and passed them on for consideration to the Judicial Conference’s Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (the “Standing Committee”).

When the Standing Committee met at the end of May, it approved the package of amendments, giving kudos to the Advisory Committee and its two subcommittees for the open, transparent process they used to get to this point.

Next, the Judicial Conference will review the proposed amendments in September. If approved, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to send the amendments to Congress. If that occurs before May 2015, and unless Congress disapproves, the rules will become effective in December 2015.

Maureen O'Neill