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Federal Court Rules Chart

This chart is a quick guide to the most convenient sources of federal court rules.


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This chart provides a quick guide to the most convenient sources of federal court rules in the Georgetown Law Library, on the Web, and on Lexis and Westlaw. This is not a comprehensive list of sources.

For a detailed guide to federal court rules research, including information on finding secondary sources, rules' legislative history materials, and procedural forms, see our Federal Court Rules Research Guide.

Federal Court Rules Chart

Rules Quick Locations
U.S. Supreme Court
Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
Federal Rules of Evidence
Local Rules of Federal District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts, and Courts of Appeals
  • Web: Section 205 of the E-Government Act of 2002 (Pub. L. No. 107-347) requires that federal courts post local rules on their websites. Use the Court Website Links directory to locate the website of a specific federal court.
  • Westlaw:
    • Rules of each of the Courts of Appeals can be found with the USCA (scroll to list of circuits, located between Titles 28 and 29).  
    • To find the rules of a federal district or bankruptcy court, visit the Federal Local Court Rules page and select a state or territory, then a court.
  • Lexis:
    • Rules of the Courts of Appeals can be found in USCS - Federal Rules Annotated (scroll to list of circuits towards bottom of page).  
    • To find the rules of a federal district or bankruptcy court from the main page, select the "State" tab (in the Explore Content box), choose your state, and click the Table of Contents icon () beside "state and federal court rules"  (or equivalent), which will be located under the "Statutes & Legislation" heading.  You can now scroll to the specific court to browse its rules or add them as a search filter.
Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or Maritime Claims and Asset Forfeiture Actions
Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
Rules of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Ruleof the U.S. Court of International Trade
Rules of the U.S. Tax Court
Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Rules of the [Military] Courts of Criminal Appeals 
Rules for Courts-Martial and Rules of Military Evidence