Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court adopted and submitted to Congress the current set of pending amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“FRCP”), many of which could have a significant impact on e-discovery and information governance practices.  Since Congress did not act to the contrary, the amendments became law on December 1, 2015.

The set of changes to the FRCP include amendments to Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 55, and 84 and the Appendix of Forms. 

A majority of the states have adopted the FRCP as their own rules of civil procedure.  For those states, these amendments will be of direct interest.  The other states may also find these amendments worthy of consideration, particularly those that may significantly affect the discovery process. 

Further information, including a redline showing all the 2015 changes and Committee notes can be found here.  In addition, a series of YouTube videos is now available on the Federal Judiciary Channel.