A recent post described proposed changes to the Local Rules of Court for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. For the most part, the rule changes addressed changes in the time periods for action required under the rules.
This post from Drug and Device Law that explains the proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Here is an excerpt:
The new theme is "days are days." All days are to be counted. If a deadline falls on a weekend day, a federal holiday, or a day when filing is impossible because the Clerk’s office is closed or inaccessible, then the deadline falls to the next available day. Deadlines shorter than 30 days have been changed to multiples of seven (7) days, so that more often than not, the deadline will fall on a weekday. Other changes affect how to tell when the last day of a period ends, how to compute hourly time periods, how to calculate a time period when the clerk’s office is inaccessible, and how to compute backward-counted periods that end on a weekend or holiday. The rules also clarify the long held understanding that when e-filing is involved, a due date runs until midnight in the time zone of that court’s clerk’s office.