Proposed Rules and Forms Amendments for Public Comment, Deadline for Comments 2/16/2011

Thursday, August 12, 2010

TO THE BENCH, BAR, AND PUBLIC:

Proposed Rules and Forms Amendments

     The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on the Bankruptcy and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to federal rules and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. the proposed amendments to the federal rules, with reports from each Advisory Committee,
are posted on the Judiciary's Federal Rulemaking web site at www.uscourts.gov/rules. The Advisory Committees welcome comment on all aspects of each proposal.

Opportunity for Public Comment

     Please provide any comments and suggestions on the proposed amendments, wether favorable, adverse, or otherwise, as soon as possible. The comments deadline is Febuary 16, 2011. Comments, suggestions, or other correspondence may be submitted electronically to Rules_Comments@ao.uscourts.gov or in hard copy to Secretary of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Washington, D.C, 20544. The Advisory Committees will review all timely comments. All comments are made part of the official record and are available to the public.

     The Advisory Committees on the Bankruptcy and Criminal Rules will hold public hearings on the proposed amendments on the following dates:

  •      Bankruptcy Rules in San Francisco, California, on January 7, 2011, and in Washington, D.C. on Febuary 4, 2011; and
  •      Criminal Rules in San Francisco, California, on January 5, 2011 and in

      Atlanta, Georgia, on January 25, 2011.

If you wish to testify, you must contact the Committee Secretary at the above address at least 30 days before the hearing.

Memorandum to Bench, Bar, and Public
August 12, 2010

     After the public comment period, the Advisory Committees will decide whether to submit the proposed amendments to the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. At present, the Standing Committee has not approved these proposed amendments, except to authorize their publication for comment. The proposed amendments have not been submitted to nor considered by the Judicial Conference or Supreme Court.

                                            Lee H. Rosenthal                                                                          Peter G. McCabe
                                            Chair                                                                                                Secretary