Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure - Effective December 1, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Congress has taken no action on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure, adopted by the Supreme Court and transmitted to Congress on April 28, 2016. Under the Rules Enabling Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2071-75, amendments to the following rules take effect today, December 1, 2016:

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Rule 4 Summons
Rule 6 Computing and Extending Time; Time for Motion Papers
Rule 82 Jurisdiction and Venue Unaffected

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
Rule 4. Arrest Warrant or Summons on a Complaint
Rule 41. Search and Seizure
Rule 45. Computing and Extending Time

Under 28 U.S.C. § 2074(a) and the Supreme Court orders dated April 28, 2016, the amendments will govern all proceedings commenced on or after December 1, 2016, and all proceedings then pending “insofar as just and practicable.” The text of the amended rules and accompanying committee notes—along with extensive supporting documentation related to their adoption—are posted on the “Current Rules” page of the Judiciary’s website at: