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Recent Proposed Rules/Amendments 

The text of recent proposed court rules and amendments to court rules is available in the advance sheets for the West Supreme Court Reporter, Federal Reporter, Federal Supplement, and Federal Rules Decisions. 

The official U.S. Courts website has information and links regarding recent rule proposals and amendments.

  • This page lists recent Pending Rules and Forms Amendments.
  • This page links to the Records and Archives of the Rules Committees, dating back to 2000.
  • This page describes current Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment.

HeinOnline U.S. Supreme Court Library's Rules of the Supreme Court compiles one copy of every pamphlet in the Library of the Supreme Court from 1790-February 16, 2010.

The text of rule changes for U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals is noted in the final pages of Federal Reporters and U.S. Reporters. The HeinOnline U.S. Supreme Court Library also contains U.S. Reports volumes 1-566 (1754-2012). Another source that the Library carries is West's Federal Reporter, 3rd. The text of amendments to other federal court local rules (and in the circuit court local rules) and to the rules of administrative tribunals is in the advance sheets for United States Code Congressional and Administrative News and in the United States Code Service advance sheets. 

Older Proposed Rules/Amendments 

Older proposed rules and older amendments to rules are located in the CIS index and microfiche library. Look under subject headings such as “Courts,” “Courts of the U.S.” “Criminal Procedure,” “Evidence,” “Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts,” “Federal Circuit Courts,” “Federal District Courts,” etc. Be flexible in searching – subject headings vary from year to year.

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