BR&B Recommends Changes to Federal Practice to Meet the Next National Emergency

6/2/2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges in every aspect of daily life, and the legal community has not been spared.  In response to the widespread shutdown of public life in March, in May 2020, the U.S. Courts Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure sought the public’s input on ways to lessen the impact of future national emergencies on court operations.  On June 1, 2020, Barrack, Rodos & Bacine submitted to the Committee our recommendations for changes and clarifications to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  We believe our proposals will preserve and promote the interests of justice during emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.  We suggested to the Committee that several of the rules be modified to allow lawyers to conduct depositions and appear before courts through the use of video and audio technology when safe travel is made difficult or impossible due to an emergency situation.  We believe that changes such as these will further the pursuit of meritorious litigation, even when emergency situations make collecting evidence and prosecuting cases more challenging. Click here to read BR&B’s letter to the committee. 

If you have any questions about BR&B’s proposals, please contact BR&B attorney Michael A. Toomey at