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Court Rules Research Guide: Updating Federal 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.

Updating Federal Court Rules

An important part of researching Federal Court Rules is knowing how to update the rules and how to find proposed and new amendments to the rules. Proposals for new rules or amendments to existing rules are first considered and approved by an advisory committee and then the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (the "Standing Committee"). Following approval by the Standing Committee, the Judicial Conference, the Supreme Court and then Congress must approve the amendment. For the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure and Rules of Evidence, the Supreme Court submits amendments to Congress which are printed by Congress as House Documents. For more information on the rulemaking process see "How the Rulemaking Process Works" on the uscourts.gov website.

To update court rules:

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COURT RULES

UNANNOTATED 

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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