Changes to the Federal Rules


Because Congress took no action on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that the Supreme Court adopted and transmitted to Congress, the following rules were changed effective December 1, 2015:

  • Bankruptcy Rule 1007
  • Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 55 and 84, and the Appendix of Forms.
    Some of the more significant changes to these rules–many of which are incorporated by citation into the Bankruptcy Rules–include:
  • Time for service of process under Rule 4(m) was shortened from 120 days to 90 days.
  • Time to hold the initial case management conference under Rule 16(b) was shortened by 30 days.
  • New topics were added for the Rule 26(f) and Rule 16 conferences.
  • Scope of discovery defined in Rule 26(b)(1) was modified and the principle of proportional discovery tailored to reasonable needs of the case was explicitly stated.
  • Rule 37(e) was revised to address failure to preserve electronically stored information.
  • Rule 1 was amended to state that parties also have an obligation to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action.

To see a copy of the amended rules and background documentation related to their adoption, see http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/current-rules-practice-procedure.

U.S. Federal Court District of Kansas