Sources for Federal Court Rules, Forms, and Practice Materials
Sources for Federal Court Rules, Forms, and Practice
Federal court rules and procedures fall into four categories:
Rules of general application that apply nationwide, such as the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the
Federal Rules of Evidence, and the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
Rules for the various types of federal courts, such as the United
States Supreme Court, the Bankruptcy Courts, or the Tax Court
Local rules of individual federal courts;
Other provisions in Title 28 of the U.S. Code ("Judiciary and
Judicial Procedure") that also contain procedural law
Both U.S.C.S. and U.S.C.A., the annotated versions of the federal code,
include federal procedural rules.
Cases interpreting the federal rules can be researched by using the
Federal Practice Digest, which indexes cases reported in Federal Supplement
(F.Supp.) and Federal Rules Decisions (F.R.D.)
Two additional sources that digest and report federal procedural case
law are the Federal Rules Service and the Federal Rules of Evidence
Service. Each of these is a self-contained set that allows you to identify
and read the full text of cases applying the federal rules. Find out
if your employer's library carries these services.
Many federal rules, including some local and specialized
rules, are available under Legal- Federal Legal- U.S. - United States
Code Service, Const., Rules, Conventions, and Public Laws. Extensive coverage
of federal local rules and other specialized rules is under Legal-Federal
Legal- U.S. - Court Rules.
The directory heading U.S. Federal Materials - Court Rules & Orders contains
numerous federal rules databases.
Many sources of federal procedural rules and related practice materials
are available, including: