Toward the end of September 1990 at a closed meeting in Washington, DC, the Judicial Conference of the United States passed on a substantial set of proposed amendments to the rules of practice and procedure of the federal courts. The new appellate rules authorized local circuit rules on electronic filing, required a jurisdictional statement in the appellant's brief and eliminated some inconsistencies in the notice rules for admiralty appeals.
Thomas E. Baker,
An Introduction to Federal Court Rulemaking Procedure
, 22 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 323
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