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Court Rules Research Guide: Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Court rules govern the procedures of a court and how matters before a court are handled and processed. This guide identifies resources for locating court rules.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) govern the conduct of all civil actions and proceedings brought in Federal District Courts. The rules are promulgated by the United States Supreme Court and then approved by the United States Congress. The Court's modifications to the rules are usually based on recommendations from the Judicial Conference of the United States, the federal judiciary's internal policy-making body.

The Supplemental Federal Rules for Admiralty or Maritime Claims are included in an Appendix to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The federal district courts have jurisdiction over admiralty and maritime actions (28 USC §1333). Therefore, some United States District Courts may have Admiralty and Maritime Local Rules.

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COURT RULES

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ANNOTATED (Print: U.S. Code Annotated & U.S. Code Service)

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Appendix to Title 28 USC Appendix to Title 28 USCA & USCS Rules Volumes
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Appendix to Title 18 USC Appendix to Title 18 USCA & USCS Rules Volumes
Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure Appendix to Title 28 USC Appendix to Title 28 USCA & USCS Rules Volumes
Federal Rules of Evidence Appendix to Title 28 USC Appendix to Title 28 USCA & USCS Rules Volumes
Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Appendix to Title 11 USC Appendix to Title 11 USCA & USCS Rules Volumes
Rules of the Supreme Court of the U.S. US Supreme Court webpage Appendix to Title 28 USCA & USCS Rules Volumes
Rules of the U.S. Tax Court US Tax Court webpage Appendix to Title 26 USCA & USCS Rules Volumes

 

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