Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2014

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2014
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, December 1, 2014
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This document contains the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, as amended to December 1, 2014. The rules have been promulgated and amended by the United States Supreme Court pursuant to law, and further amended by Acts of Congress. This document has been prepared by the Committee in response to the need for an official up-to-date document containing the latest amendments to the rules. The Supreme Court prescribes rules of criminal procedure for the district courts pursuant to section 2072 of Title 28, United States Code, as enacted by Title IV ‘‘Rules Enabling Act’’ of Pub. L. 100–702 (approved November 19, 1988, 102 Stat. 4648), effective December 1, 1988. Pursuant to section 2074 of Title 28, the Supreme Court transmits to Congress (not later than May 1 of the year in which a rule prescribed under section 2072 is to become effective) a copy of the proposed rule. The rule takes effect no earlier than December 1 of the year in which the rule is transmitted unless otherwise provided by law.

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Table of Contents



Authority for promulgation of rules

Historical note


Title I. Applicability

Rule 1. Scope; Definitions
Rule 2. Interpretation

Title II. Preliminary Proceedings

Rule 3. The Complaint 
Rule 4. Arrest Warrant or Summons on a Complaint 
Rule 4.1. Complaint, Warrant, or Summons by Telephone or Other Reliable Electronic Means 
Rule 5. Initial Appearance 
Rule 5.1. Preliminary Hearing 

Title III. The Grand Jury, the Indictment, and the Information

Rule 6. The Grand Jury
Rule 7. The Indictment and the Information
Rule 8. Joinder of Offenses or Defendants 
Rule 9. Arrest Warrant or Summons on an Indictment or Information 

Title IV. Arraignment and Preparation for Trial

Rule 10. Arraignment
Rule 11. Pleas
Rule 12. Pleadings and Pretrial Motions 
Rule 12.1. Notice of an Alibi Defense 
Rule 12.2. Notice of an Insanity Defense; Mental Examination
Rule 12.3. Notice of a Public-Authority Defense
Rule 12.4. Disclosure Statement 
Rule 13. Joint Trial of Separate Cases
Rule 14. Relief from Prejudicial Joinder
Rule 15. Depositions
Rule 16. Discovery and Inspection 
Rule 17. Subpoena
Rule 17.1. Pretrial Conference 

Title V. Venue

Rule 18. Place of Prosecution and Trial
Rule 19. (Reserved)
Rule 20. Transfer for Plea and Sentence
Rule 21. Transfer for Trial 
Rule 22. (Transferred)

Title VI. Trial

Rule 23. Jury or Nonjury Trial 
Rule 24. Trial Jurors
Rule 25. Judge’s Disability 
Rule 26. Taking Testimony
Rule 26.1. Foreign Law Determination 
Rule 26.2. Producing a Witness’s Statement
Rule 26.3. Mistrial
Rule 27. Proving an Official Record
Rule 28. Interpreters
Rule 29. Motion for a Judgment of Acquittal 
Rule 29.1. Closing Argument
Rule 30. Jury Instructions 
Rule 31. Jury Verdict

Title VII. Post-Conviction Procedures

Rule 32. Sentencing and Judgment
Rule 32.1. Revoking or Modifying Probation or Supervised Release

Title VII. Post-Conviction Procedures—Continued

Rule 32.2. Criminal Forfeiture 
Rule 33. New Trial
Rule 34. Arresting Judgment 
Rule 35. Correcting or Reducing a Sentence
Rule 36. Clerical Error 
Rule 37. Indicative Ruling on a Motion for Relief That Is Barred by a
Pending Appeal
Rule 38. Staying a Sentence or a Disability 
Rule 39. (Reserved)

Title VIII. Supplementary and Special Proceedings

Rule 40. Arrest for Failing to Appear in Another District or for Violating Conditions of Release Set in Another District 
Rule 41. Search and Seizure
Rule 42. Criminal Contempt

Title IX. General Provisions

Rule 43. Defendant’s Presence 
Rule 44. Right to and Appointment of Counsel
Rule 45. Computing and Extending Time
Rule 46. Release from Custody; Supervising Detention
Rule 47. Motions and Supporting Affidavits 
Rule 48. Dismissal
Rule 49. Serving and Filing Papers
Rule 49.1. Privacy Protection For Filings Made with the Court 
Rule 50. Prompt Disposition 
Rule 51. Preserving Claimed Error 
Rule 52. Harmless and Plain Error
Rule 53. Courtroom Photographing and Broadcasting Prohibited
Rule 54. (Transferred)
Rule 55. Records
Rule 56. When Court Is Open
Rule 57. District Court Rules
Rule 58. Petty Offenses and Other Misdemeanors
Rule 59. Matters Before a Magistrate Judge
Rule 60. Victim’s Rights 
Rule 61. Title 


Attorneys, paralegals, law enforcement, court clerks, prosecutors, defendants, judges, and others involved with the U.S. Court system in relation to criminal cases may be interested in this booklet.  Additionally, students pursuing criminal justice, or law degrees may be interested in these rules as they may impact their career choice(s).  Lastly, all law libraries and public libraries should have a copy of this volume available for their patrons.

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