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Court Rules Research Guide: Federal Local Court Rules

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 Local Court Rules

The United States Circuit Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts provide their current local rules online. These rules must be consistent with both Acts of Congress and the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure. A court's authority to prescribe local rules is governed by both statute and the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure. (See 28 U.S.C. §§ 2071(a)-(b); Fed. R. App. P. 47; Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9029; Fed. R. Civ. P. 83; Fed. R. Crim. P. 57.) Section 205 of the E-Government Act of 2002, Pub. L. No. 107-347, requires that federal courts post local rules on their websites. The Court Locator page of the United States Courts website provides a listing of all federal court websites.

Court rules handbooks published for individual states will also include federal local court rules. Search the Marqcat catalog for handbooks for individual states that are in the Marquette University Law Library collection. For Wisconsin, West publishes Wisconsin Court Rules and Procedure - Federal.

Federal local court rules are also available by searching commercial databases such as BloombergLaw, Lexis and Westlaw. Access is restricted to members of the Marquette University Law School community through individual usernames and passwords.

Federal Court Rules Quick Chart

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

 

Find a Federal Court

Locate a federal court using the Court Locator page on the United States Courts website.

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