A Slim New Rule Of Criminal Procedure

Law360 (April 29, 2019, 4:00 PM EDT) -- The topic of criminal justice reform continues to percolate on a national scale, including when the First Step Act was signed into law this past year.[1] Aside from its usual business of setting precedent through case law, the U.S. Supreme Court seems to have taken its own first step by executing one of its often overlooked powers, adopting a new procedural rule, which will take effect Dec. 1, 2019, unless Congress legislates otherwise. The court transmitted the new Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16.1 to Congress on April 25, 2019, which reads:

Rule 16.1. Pretrial Discovery Conference; Request for Court Action...

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