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U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

U.S. Constitution etched

in glass.

U.S. Courthouse

Buffalo, NY

 

 ...

Chief Judge

Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

 

Clerk of Court

Mary C. Loewenguth

 

Buffalo

2 Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 551-1700

 

Rochester

100 State Street
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 613-4000

 

PLEASE NOTE

When visiting either Courthouse, a picture ID is required for entry into the building.

 

 

Court Announcements and News

New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Effective December 1, 2015

September 22, 2015
New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Effective December 1, 2015

 

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure adopted by the Supreme Court in April 2015 and accepted by Congress took effect on December 1. The changes affect Civil Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 55, and 84, and the Appendix of Forms. The amendments will govern all proceedings commenced on or after December 1, 2015, and all proceedings then pending “insofar as just and practicable.”

 

The application of the new rules to already-filed cases is authorized by 28 USC §2074(a), which provides in pertinent part:  
The Supreme Court may fix the extent such rule shall apply to proceedings then pending, except that the Supreme Court shall not require the application of such rule to further proceedings then pending to the extent that, in the opinion of the court in which such proceedings are pending, the application of such rule in such proceedings would not be feasible or would work injustice, in which event the former rule applies.

 

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