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Shannon Furtak

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) govern civil procedure for all United States federal courts. They are published by the United States Supreme Court in accordance with the Rules Enabling Act, the act of Congress giving the judicial branch this responsibility.

This month, several amendments took effect which impact numerous aspects of civil litigation. This article written by Orrick, a leading global law firm, nicely summarizes the changes, which include: 

  • Requiring parties, in addition to courts, to construe, administer, and employ the FRCP to ensure justice in the most expedient and cost-effective manner;
  • Shortening the limit on serving a summons and complaint from 120 days to 90 days;
  • Changing discovery rules and production time frames;
  • Repealing Rule 84, which had stated that "forms in the Appendix suffice under these rules."

The Court Orders announcing the amendments, submitted by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, are available here from

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