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Bar News - October 21, 2015


Court News: Proposed Amendments to Local Rules

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Federal Court Comment Period Oct. 21-Nov. 20

The United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire is opening the 30-day public comment period for the proposed amendments to the courtís Local Rules. The public comment period will run from Oct. 21 through Nov. 20, 2015. The pending amendments are available for review in the News & Events section on the courtís website.

Although most of the proposed amendments are intended to clarify existing rules and practice, there are a few that are more substantive in nature and may be of the most interest to practitioners. The proposed changes to LR 77.4(d) are intended to replace the courtís Administrative Order 14-5, which was issued in November 2014 to ensure the courtís practice was consistent with amendments then made to the Federal Bankruptcy Rules.

The proposed amendment to LR 81.1(a) changes the deadline applicable to the filing of an answer or responsive pleading after removal. If adopted, the deadline for an answer or responsive pleading will be controlled by Fed. R. Civ. P. 81(c), rather than local rule.

LR 83.1 requires amendment because the U.S. Attorneyís Office no longer may conduct a criminal background check on attorneys applying for admission to the courtís bar.

Finally, the criminal practice procedures that the court adopted in Administrative Orders 14-4 and 14-7 are being incorporated into LCrR 11.2 and 32.1.

Input from the public and the bar on all of the proposed amendments is encouraged. All comments, including suggestions or other correspondence, should reference the specific rule/subsection and may be submitted electronically by email or in writing directed to the Chief Deputy Clerk, US District Court, Warren B. Rudman US Courthouse, 55 Pleasant St., Room 110, Concord, NH 03301-3941.

Pamela Phelan is the chief deputy clerk of court for the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

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