General Tips for Researching Court Rules, Forms, and Practice Materials
General Tips for Researching Court Rules, Forms, and
A jurisdiction (i.e., the federal government or each state) may have
rules of civil procedure, criminal procedure, appellate procedure, and
evidence, among others. There may also be procedural law that appears
in the substantive statutes of the jurisdiction, such as statutes of limitations
and jurisdictional and venue provisions.
Usually the jurisdiction's rules are published as part of its code,
and contain annotations to interpretive cases, which must be researched
to determine how a rule has been applied. Annotated rules are available
both in print and on Lexis and Westlaw. Many court Internet sites also
Forms are often included in the rules volumes. More extensive sources
of forms are listed in the federal, Maryland, and state pages in this
section of the Summer Strategies Guide. Always use forms with caution
to make sure that they are not outdated or do not precisely fit your situation.
There are many treatises that provide commentary on procedural rules
as well as citations to interpretive cases. Many frequently used treatises
are listed in the federal, Maryland, and state pages in this section of
the Summer Strategies Guide.