As we have previously noted, changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure go into effect today. This means that you may need to revisit the rules when engaging in discovery or other tasks in federal court. Do yourself a favor and review the proposed changes and make certain that you are adjusting to the new norms of federal practice.
Specifically, the following rules have been amended:
- 1 – Scope and Purpose
- 4 – Summons
- 16 – Pretrial Conferences; Scheduling; Management
- 26 – Duty to Disclose; General Provisions Governing Discovery
- 30 – Depositions by Oral Examination
- 31 – Depositions by Written Questions
- 33 – Interrogatories to Parties
- 34 – Producing Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Tangible Things, or Entering onto Land, for Inspection and Other Purposes.
- 37 – Failure to Make Disclosures or to Cooperate in Discovery; Sanctions
- 55 – Default; Default Judgment.
- 84 – Forms
A “redline” version of the amended rules can be downloaded here.
You may also want to revisit the local rules page of your local federal district court’s website to learn if it, too, has revised its rules in light of the changes to the federal rules.
You’ll thank us later.