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1999 Rep. Advisory Comm. on Civ. Rules 1 (1999)

handle is hein.usfed/adcvru0032 and id is 1 raw text is: COMMITTEE ON RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
OF THE
JUDICIAL CONFERENCE OFTHE UNITED STATES
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20544
ANTHONY J. SCIRICA                                                         CHAIRS OF ADVISORY COMMITTEES
CHAIR
WILL L. GARWOOD
PETER G. McCABE                                                                  APPELLATE RULES
SECRETARY
ADRIAN G. DUPLANTIER
BANKRUPTCY RULES
PAUL V. NIEMEYER
CIVIL RULES
W. EUGENE DAVIS
CRIMINAL RULES
MEMORANDUM
FERN M. SMITH
EVIDENCE RULES
To:          Honorable Anthony J. Scirica, Chair, Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure
From:        Paul V. Niemeyer, Chair, Advisory Committee on Civil Rules
Date:        May 11, 1999
Re:          Report of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules
I. INTRODUCTION
At its meeting on April 19 and 20, 1999, in Gleneden Beach, Oregon, the Civil Rules
Advisory Committee approved recommendations for the adoption of the three rules packages that
were published for comment in August 1998. The first package, involving Rules 4 and 12, would
regulate service on the United States and the time to answer when a federal employee is sued in an
individual capacity for acts occurring in connection with the performance of public duties. The
second package, involving Admiralty Rules B, C, and E, along with conforming changes to Civil
Rule 14, would adjust these rules to reflect the growing use of admiralty procedure in civil forfeiture
proceedings and also to reflect 1993 changes in Civil Rule 4. The third package would amend
discovery Rules 5, 26, 30, 34, and 37 to reduce cost and increase the efficiency of discovery, while
yet preserving the policy of full disclosure and judicial discretion in case management.
At the meeting, the Committee also approved proposals for electronic service with the
recommendation that they be published for comment if the Standing Committee determines that the
time has come to move toward electronic service.
These action items are contained in Parts II and III, respectively, of this report. Part IV
presents, for informational purposes, summaries of other matters that came before the Advisory
Committee. In addition, draft minutes of the April 1999 meeting are attached.

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