Rule Amendments

Each court of appeals acting by a majority of its judges in regular active service may, after giving appropriate public notice and opportunity for comment, make and amend rules governing its practice. Fed. R. App. P. 47(a)(1). This court's Rules Advisory Committee Members, consisting of an attorney from each of the states constituting the Fourth Circuit, makes recommendations and advises the court concerning proposed changes to the local rules.

Local Rule Amendments

Federal Rulemaking

December 1, 2018, Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure - Link: Congressional Package excerpt, adopted by the Supreme Court and transmitted to Congress on April 26, 2018.

The December 1, 2018, amendments to Fed. R. App. P. 28.1 and 31 increase the time for filing reply briefs from 14 days to 21 days. Briefing orders issued on and after December 1, 2018, in civil and agency cases will reflect the 21-day reply brief period. For civil and agency cases in which the briefing order was issued before December 1, 2018, the 14-day reply brief period applies. In criminal cases, the briefing schedule is governed by Local Rule 31(a), which establishes a 10-day reply brief period.

Information about the federal rulemaking process and pending and proposed federal rule amendments, including amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, are available at