The last time the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to deal with electronic evidence, eight-track tapes were the hot technology, the Internet and cell phones were the stuff of science fiction and computers were room-sized behemoths owned by corporations, universities and governments. Times have changed, and the rules have again changed with the times.

For the last six years, some of the best minds of the bench and bar worked to amend the rules to address the enormous challenge posed by discovery of electronic evidence. These amendments took effect on Dec. 1, 2006, and, even if you don’t regularly appear in federal court, the new rules merit your attention because they’re sure to rapidly impact state court practice, too.

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