March 17, 2017 feature

A Practitioner’s Guide to the 2016 Federal Rule Amendments

New rules reflect practical realities of litigation

By Lauren M. Gregory

A new round of amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) are now in effect, including an elimination of the familiar "mailbox rule" for electronic service, a clarification on time limits to appeal, and controversial reductions in length limits for appellate filings.

A new round of amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) are now in effect, including an elimination of the familiar "mailbox rule" for electronic service, a clarification on time limits to appeal, and controversial reductions in length limits for appellate filings.

ABA Section of Litigation leaders say the amendments recognize realities in modern practice and are designed to help cases move along more expeditiously in federal court. However, there may be very little perceptible change in day-to-day practice.

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