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Request for Public Comment on Proposed Rules for Future Emergencies

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The bench, bar, and public have been asked to provide comments on a series of proposed rules that would, if approved, guide the Judiciary in responding to future declared emergencies that impair federal court operations. The proposals include amendments to Appellate Rules 2 and 4, and new emergency Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules.

The public comment period ends February 16, 2022. If approved, the proposals would take effect in December 2023.

To view the proposals and instructions, please visit the webpage on the U.S. Courts' website at