TO: Joint Procedure Committee
FROM: Andy Forward
DATE: December 31, 2009
RE: Rule 81, N.D.R.Civ.P., Applicability in General
Staff has prepared amendments to Rule 81 based on the federal form and style
amendments. The amendments are intended make the rule more easily understood and to
make style and terminology consistent throughout the rules. The amendments also aim to
modernize the rule, removing references to obsolete authority and practices.
Rule 81 and Fed.R.Civ.P. 81 differ substantially. Form and style changes are
proposed. The proposed amendments to Rule 81 are attached along with a copy of the
amendments to the federal rule.