Research guides

Federal Court Rules

Local Circuit & District Court Rules


Court Websites United States Courts
Links to individual circuit and district court websites, which often provide the local court rules.

Member Databases

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

Onsite Lexis & Westlaw

Individual Circuit & Individual Federal Trial Local Court Rules Lexis
Available on the library's Lexis computers.
Circuit rules are found in the USCS - Federal Rules Annotated file. Federal District rules are found in the state local, state, and federal court rules.
Historical court rules may also be available.

Federal Local Circuit & Federal Local District Court Rules Westlaw
Available on the library's Westlaw computers.
Historical court rules may also be available. See the United States Annotated - Historical for circuit rules and State Historical Statutes for district rules.

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.


Federal Court of Appeals Manual: Local Rules West
Includes Rules of Appellate Procedure and U.S. Ct. of Appeals Circuit Rules.

Federal Local Court Rules West
Includes all U.S. Ct. of Appeals Circuit Rules as well as District Court rules for all 50 states and D.C.

Individual State Federal Court Rules Publisher Varies
Use the Jenkins' catalog to search for a particular state. Many individual state federal court rules volumes include circuit and district court rules pertaining to that state. A search using the state name and federal court rules should return the appropriate record. Please contact Research Services at 215.574.1505 or if you have further questions. Pennsylvania Eastern, Middle, and Western District court rules can be found in Pennsylvania Rules of Court: Federal (KFP529 .P3).

In the U.S. Code

United States Code
U.S. Code commercial publications include the U.S. Ct. of Appeals Circuit Rules. The U.S. Code can be found in multiple places. For a full list please see the United State Code guide.

        • In the U.S.C.A. (West), see the Appendix to Title 28 Judiciary and Judicial 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" "Courts of Appeals" will return the 2 pertinent U.S.C.S. volumes.
        • The Federal Local Circuit and District Court Rules are not available in the GPO U.S.C. resources.