The latest round of amendments to the federal rules of civil and appellate procedure are set to take effect Dec. 1. New provisions cover electronic filing, and include longer time limits on reply briefs that attorneys told Bloomberg Law were welcome.

Amendments to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 25 establish a new national rule that generally makes electronic filing mandatory.

The amended rule will have exceptions to the e-filing requirement for litigants proceeding without an attorney and for good cause. There are also exceptions for varying local rule requirements.

Other Dec. 1 amendments to the appellate rules include:

  • Provisions in...