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A Slim New Rule Of Criminal Procedure

Law360
April 29, 2019

Locke Lord Dallas Associate Mario H. Nguyen, a member of the Firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, authored an article on the Supreme Court’s recent adoption of a new Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure. Rule 16.1 calls for parties in criminal proceedings to meet and confer regarding discovery. The new criminal rule is a slimmed down version of its civil counterpart, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(f). Without more flesh on its bones, Nguyen argues that Rule 16.1 leaves many open questions for criminal law practitioners, but is nonetheless a starting point for some much needed reform to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The new rule will go into effect December 1, 2019, unless Congress legislates otherwise.

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