After a five-year long rule-making process, significant proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure take effect today. The slate of amendments approved by the Supreme Court earlier this year will govern all proceedings in civil cases commenced after December 1, 2015, and “insofar as just and practicable,” all proceedings already pending.
We’ve covered the rules amendments here on the blog in a number of prior posts. For a consolidated explanation of all the amendments, feel free to download my presentation. And if you’d like to review a red-line version of the new rules as compared to the old ones, along with the committee notes, you can find them here.