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Amendment to Local Rule Published for Public Comment

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pursuant to Title 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b), the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas are providing public notice that an amendment to Local Rule 4.1, Service of Process, has tentatively been approved.  This amendment is intended to do three things.  It clarifies the procedure for preparing summonses and writs.  It eliminates a general reference to Arkansas Rule of Civil Procedure 4.  Last, it confirms counsel's obligation to file proof of service in all cases, prescribes that this task should be done promptly, and clarifies how to do it.  Comments must be received by the Clerk's Office, 600 West Capitol Avenue, Suite A149, Little Rock, AR 72201-3325, no later than close of business on August 25, 2017.  To view the proposed amendment click here.