Friday, August 11, 2017

Comments on Proposed FRAP?

Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment - August 2017

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Evidence Rules have published proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed amendments, rules committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and instructions on how to submit comments are posted on The public comment period ends February 15, 2018.

The proposals seem very minor: The FRAP at issue are Rules 3, 13, 26.1, 28 and 32. For Rules 3 and 13, the gist is to change "mail" to "send" to keep up with our modern electronic age. For Rules 26.1 and 28, the proposal is to rename the "Corporate Disclosure Statement" to just "Disclosure Statement" and to expand who needs to file it (e.g., intervenors, debtors, trustees, crime victims).
{Speaking of intervenors, you can tell real appellate pros (aka geeks) by how they spell that word! In federal cases it's "intervenor" but in California courts it's "intervener."}

Looking for more Federal fun? Check out the ABA's 90-minute MCLE webinar The 2016-17 Roberts Court: A Quiet Term or a Calm Before the Storm? Panelists are Professors Jamal Greene, Ken Starr and Pam Karlan. This webinar promises "profound" insights and an "early read on Justice Gorsuch's impact on the Court."
Note also: The 6th Circuit goes to NextGen e-filing on Monday.
And the 9th Circuit is seeking Appellate Lawyer representatives.