Request for Comment
Comments are sought on Amendments to:
Bankruptcy Rules 1001 and 1006
Evidence Rules 803 and 902
All Written Comments are Due by
February 16, 2016
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Evidence Rules have
proposed amendments to their respective rules, and requested that the proposals be circulated to
the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed amendments, rules committee reports,
and other information are attached and posted on the Judiciary’s website at:
Opportunity for Public Comment
All comments on these proposed amendments will be carefully considered by the rules
committees, which are composed of experienced trial and appellate lawyers, judges, and scholars.
Please provide any comments on the proposed amendments, whether favorable, adverse, or
otherwise, as soon as possible but no later than Tuesday, February 16, 2016. All comments
are made part of the official record and are available to the public.
Comments concerning the proposed amendments must be submitted electronically by
following the instructions at:
Members of the public who wish to present testimony may appear at public hearings on
these proposals. The Advisory Committees will hold hearings on the proposed amendments on
the following dates:
• Bankruptcy Rules in Washington, DC, on January 22, 2016, and in Pasadena, CA,
on January 29, 2016;
• Rules of Evidence in Phoenix, AZ, on January 6, 2016, and in Washington, DC,
on February 12, 2016.
If you wish to testify, you must notify the Committee in writing at least 30 days before the
scheduled hearing. Requests to testify should be mailed to the Committee on Rules of Practice
and Procedure, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Thurgood Marshall Federal
Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E., Suite 7-240, Washington, D.C. 20544.
After the public comment period, the Advisory Committees will decide whether to submit
the proposed amendments to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. At this time,
the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has not approved these proposed
amendments, except to authorize their publication for comment. The proposed amendments
have not been submitted to or considered by the Judicial Conference or the Supreme Court.
The proposed amendments would become effective on December 1, 2017, if they are
approved, with or without revision, by the relevant Advisory Committee, the Committee on
Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Judicial Conference, and the Supreme Court, and if
Congress does not act to defer, modify, or reject them.
If you have questions about the rulemaking process or pending rules amendments, please
contact the Rules Committee Support Office at 202-502-1820 or visit
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