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Federal Court Rules

Criminal Procedure

"In the federal system, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure play a very significant role in the regulation of the criminal process. The provisions of the Federal Rules apply to the process largely from the point of the filing of a complaint through to the final disposition of the case in the district court, and for many of the steps covered, these provisions are the primary governing law." Wayne T. LaFave, et al., Criminal Procedure § 1.6(d) (6th ed. 2017).

The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure are available for free online; on the member database LexisNexis Digital Library; on the library's in house Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law computers; and in print. The Fed. R. Crim. P. is also available in the US Code. Historical versions of the Fed. R. Crim. P. may also be available. See below for more information.

Online

Current Rules of Practice & Procedure United States Courts
Includes PDFs of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Bankruptcy Procedure, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence.

Member Databases

United States Code Service - Court Rules: Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. A search for "United States Code Service" "Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure" will return the pertinent U.S.C.S. volumes.

Onsite Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Lexis
Available on the library's Lexis computers.
Rules are found in the USCS - Federal Rules Annotated file.
Historical court rules back to 1992 also available.

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Westlaw
Available on the library's Westlaw computers.
Historical court rules back to 1990 also available.

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Bloomberg Law
Available on the library's Bloomberg Law computers. From "All Legal Content Search", select U.S. Courts > Court Rules > Federal Court Rules > Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
Current rules only.

Research Tip

For instructions on finding historical court rules on Lexis and Westlaw, see the Historical US Code page of the United States Code guide.

In the U.S. Code

United States Code
The U.S. Code can be found in multiple places. For a full list please see the United States Code guide.

        • In the U.S.C. (GPO) and the U.S.C.A. (West), see the Appendix to Title 18 Crimes and Criminal Procedure.
        • In the U.S.C.S. (Lexis), see the Court Rules volumes located after Title 54. If accessing the U.S.C.S. via the LexisNexis Digital Library, a search for "United States Code Service" "Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure" will return the pertinent U.S.C.S. volumes.