The Restyled Federal Rules of Evidence
Get the new Restyled Federal Rules of Evidence, effective December 1, 2011, and the traditional Federal Evidence Rules, as amended through November 30, 2011, combined in one convenient, easy to carry, easy to use volume.
The new "restyled" Federal Rules of Evidence went into effect December 1, 2011. While the stated criteria for the amendments emphasizes that no substantive changes to the traditional Federal Rules of Evidence are intended, the rules have in fact been substantially rewritten. Terminology and phrasing have been changed and modernized, and a new outline-style subsection reorganization has been effected throughout.
Don't be caught unprepared trying to guess what part of that old rule is now in subsection (a) and what's in subsection (b)... or where that paragraph about "testimony of the accused" has gone.
About the Restyled Evidence Rules
The Federal Rules of Evidence are the fourth set of federal court rules to be restyled as part of what is known as "The Style Project." The restyling of the federal court rules is an ongoing project and the restyled Federal Evidence Rules, which took effect December 1, 2011, follow the restyling of the Rules of Appellate Procedure in 1998, the Rules of Criminal Procedure in 2002 and the Rules of Civil Procedure in 2007.
Many of the changes in the restyled Federal Rules of Evidence result from the effort to use formatting to make the meaning and application of the federal court rules clearer. The restyled Evidence Rules, like the other restyled federal court rules, have been broken down into progressively indented subparagraphs with headings and a hanging indent outline structure. Gone are the lengthy paragraphs with serial lists of terms and topics. The formatting changes make the restyled Federal Rules of Evidence, like the previously restyled federal court rules, easier to read and understand.
The restyled Evidence Rules have retained the same rule numbers as the traditional Federal Rules of Evidence, and although paragraphs have been rearranged as subdivisions for greater clarity and simplicity, for the most part the subject matter of the restyled Evidence Rules can still be found under the same rule numbers as in the traditional Federal Rules of Evidence.
The restyled federal court rules have been edited to reduce the use of inconsistent terms. The restyled Federal Evidence Rules, like the other federal court rules previously overhauled by The Style Project, reduce inconsistencies by using the same words where the same meaning is intended. For example, the restyled Federal Rules of Evidence no longer use both “accused” and “defendant” or both “party opponent” and “opposing party”. One term or the other has been eliminated.
The restyled federal court rules also remove words and concepts that are outdated or redundant while retaining terms so familiar in practice and usage that their alteration would cause more difficulty than it would resolve. In the restyled Federal Evidence Rules, examples of "sacred phrases" retained from the previous Federal Rules of Evidence would be “unfair prejudice” and “truth of the matter asserted.”
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