The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Paralegals are a very helpful lot, as evidenced by Jessica Durfee, @jellydurf on Twitter, who tweeted a couple of weeks ago, “to all my paralegals out there, don’t forget that new FRCP changes are effective Dec. 1.”
The time-computation changes are intended to make the federal rules on calculating time periods simpler, clearer, and consistent. The principal simplifying innovation is to count all days, including intermediate weekends and holidays, in computing time periods under the procedural rules. The current rules exclude intermediate weekends and holidays for some short time periods, resulting in inconsistency and unnecessary complication. In addition, all the deadlines in the rules were reviewed and most short periods were extended to offset the shift in the time-computation rules and to ensure that each period is reasonable.