Proposed amendments to federal appellate and evidentiary rules aim to modernize them and make them more user-friendly.

The amendments will be open for public commentuntil Feb. 15, 2018, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved publication of the proposed amendments.

Proposals for Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure 3 and 13, which address how to serve notice of an appeal, basically would “change the word ‘mail’ to ‘send.’ This includes any permissible form of transmission,” Kendyl T. Hanks, a trial litigator and appellate advocate at Greenberg...