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Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Now Allow 30 Days for Appeal Bond


Effective December 1, 2018, several changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were enacted, including rules mandating electronic service and filing for persons represented by counsel, establishing a national signature standard for electronic filing systems, and updating the class action rule with changes focused on proposed class settlements. There have also been changes to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure regarding appeals and their required appeal and supersedeas bonds.

Regarding appeal and supersedeas bonds specifically, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 62 and 65.1 have amended their language to change the term “supersedeas bond” to “bond or other security.” The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure as well as the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure also performed the same replacement. The amended rules have also extended the automatic stay to enforce a judgment to 30 days. This means appeal and supersedeas bonds need to be filed within 30 days of a judgment to avoid immediate enforcement.

Regardless of the rule changes, however, you’re still going to need your appeal and supersedeas bond.

So where can you purchase an appeal and supersedeas bond?

Colonial Surety Company offers the direct and digital way to obtain an appeal and supersedeas bond.  We are the insurance company — which means no agent, no broker, and no middleman. We make it easy to obtain your bond instantly. The steps are easy — get a quote online, fill out your information, satisfy underwriting requirements, and enter your payment method. Print or e-file your bond from your office. It’s that simple!