The federal rules are changing… again!

November 28, 2016

10445191_Practical_lawFor the second time in two years, major changes are coming to the federal rules. Amendments to both the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) will become effective on December 1, 2016. The amendments will significantly impact certain aspects of federal civil practice by, among other things:

  • Eliminating the three additional days to respond to a document served electronically, when the response time is calculated from the date of service.
  • Clarifying that untimely post-judgment motions made outside the FRCP’s deadlines do not restart the time to appeal.
  • Reducing the default word limits for briefs, motions, and other documents filed in the Federal Courts of Appeals, including:
    • limiting principal briefs in ordinary appeals to 13,000 words; and
    • limiting reply briefs in ordinary appeals to 6,500 words.

To help counsel comply with these changes, Practical Law’s editorial team is revising all affected maintained resources as of December 1, 2016. For more information about the upcoming changes, see: