Federal Appellate Rules and Amendments

United States Supreme Court Rules

Rules of the Supreme Court: the current version effective July 1, 2013

Electronic Merits Briefs Submission Guidelines effective October 1, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Page

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (“FRAP”)

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure: the current version effective December 1, 2013; official text maintained by the House Committee on the Judiciary, with bookmarked and hyperlinked table of contents, but without the Committee Notes; downloadable PDF.

Official Appellate Forms: the official forms; downloadable in WordPerfect and RTF formats

Steven Finell, Appellate Rules and Statutes Focus: Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, App. Prac. J., Winter 2009, at 4: includes an overview and timetable of the federal rules amendment process

Luther T. Munford, Public Comment on the Work of Federal Rules Committees, Prac. Litigator, July 1998, at 15: a guide to submitting effective comments on federal rules amendments, as reproduced on the Federal Rulemaking web site

Advisory Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure (“AP Committee”)

The AP Committee engages in a continuing process of improving the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. The following committee materials are useful in researching pending and past amendments:

Reports

Minutes of Meetings

Agenda Materials for Meetings: these are very large PDF files, but contain a wealth of information on pending and past amendments

Rules of the Courts of Appeals

The following are links to pages for the rules and procedures of each United States Court of Appeals:

Court of Appeals (1st Cir.)

Court of Appeals (2d Cir.)

Court of Appeals (3d Cir.)

Court of Appeals (4th Cir.)

Court of Appeals (5th Cir.)

Court of Appeals (6th Cir.)

Court of Appeals (7th Cir.)

Court of Appeals (8th Cir.)

Court of Appeals (9th Cir.)

      Rules

      Circuit Rule Amendments

      General Orders

Court of Appeals (10th Cir.)

Court of Appeals (11th Cir.)

Court of Appeals (D.C. Cir.)

Court of Appeals (Fed. Cir.)

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