Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 62.1

Rule 62.1. Indicative Ruling on a Motion for Relief That is Barred by a Pending Appeal

(a) RELIEF PENDING APPEAL. If a timely motion is made for relief that the court lacks authority to grant because of an appeal that has been docketed and is pending, the court may:

(1) defer considering the motion;

(2) deny the motion; or

(3) state either that it would grant the motion if the court of appeals remands for that purpose or that the motion raises a substantial issue.

(b) NOTICE TO THE COURT OF APPEALS. The movant must promptly notify the circuit clerk under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 12.1 if the district court states that it would grant the motion or that the motion raises a substantial issue.

(c) REMAND. The district court may decide the motion if the court of appeals remands for that purpose.

Essential Points

  • Rule 62.1 (aside from its application in real life) is a good source for professors testing appellate procedure.
  • This Rule enables  a party to get an indicative ruling from a district court that if provided with the opportunity, it would grant an appeal if the circuit court would remand (return) the case back to the district court.