This guide covers important sources for finding federal court rules as well as materials that help in the interpretation of those rules (i.e., legislative history, cases, secondary sources) and federal procedural forms.
For a quick list of sources where you can find the text of federal court rules (without detailed descriptions of the sources, and without information on secondary sources, forms, or case law) see our Federal Court Rules Chart.
For information on researching state court rules, see our State Research Guides.
Court rules prescribe procedures for practice in the courts. They answer such questions as:
There are two basic types of federal court rules:
There are also separate rules for federal courts with special jurisdiction, such as military courts, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Court of International Trade.