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Restyled federal rules of evidence: effective December 1, 2011, absent congressional action

by Daniel J. Capra. Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2011.
141 pages.

Daniel J. Capra, Law professor and Reporter to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence, explains why the rules needed to be restyled and how that was accomplished. The various national rules of procedure were enacted over a number of years without “consistent style conventions”. They were also written before the plain English movement began. Recognizing that this led to problems for those trying to follow the rules, the Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules and Practice and Procedure has worked to “restyle” the procedural codes, while being careful to avoid changing them substantively. “Before and after” examples of the most challenging rules are given with the Reporter’s comment to the changes.

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