TO: Joint Procedure Committee
FROM: Andy Forward
DATE: March 30, 2010
RE: Rule 31, N.D.R.App.P., Filing and Service of Briefs
Staff has prepared amendments to Rule 31 based on the time computation amendments made to the federal rules. The principal simplifying innovation is to count all days, including intermediate weekends and holidays, in computing time periods under the procedural rules. Under the previous rules, intermediate weekends and holidays were omitted when computing short periods but included when computing longer periods. Under the amended rules, intermediate weekends and holidays are counted regardless of the length of the specified period.
To further simplify time-counting, the federal advisory committees proposed changing most periods of less than 30 days to multiples of 7 days. The advisory committees adopted 7, 14, 21, and 28-day periods when possible, so that deadlines will usually fall on weekdays.
In subdivision (a), line 8, the deadline for an appellant to serve and file a reply brief if there is less than 14 days before argument was changed from three to seven days before argument.
The proposed amendments to Rule 31 are attached.