Research guides

Federal Court Rules

Local Circuit & District Court Rules

Individual federal circuit and district courts may have their own set(s) of rules that supplement the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence. Known as "local rules", they should be used in conjunction with the Federal Rules.

These rules are available on the individual courts' websites. They may also be found on online databases, in print, and in commercial publications of the U.S. Code. See below for more details.

Member Databases

The United States Code Service, available on the LexisNexis Digital Library, includes the U.S. Ct. of Appeals Circuit Rules. Members must be logged in to to access this database. This database is also available in the library.

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, Bloomberg Law

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 & Federal Court Rules file.
Historical court rules may also be available.

Federal Circuit Court Rules & Federal District Court Rules Westlaw
Available on the library's Westlaw computers. For Circuit Court Rules, see the Federal Court Rules file. For District Court Rules, including rules for bankruptcy court, see the Federal Local Court Rules file.
Historical court rules may also be available. See the United States Annotated - Historical for circuit rules.

Federal Court Rules Bloomberg Law
Available on the library's Bloomberg Law computers. From "All Legal Content", select U.S. Courts > Court Rules > Federal Court Rules.
Includes local circuit and district court rules. 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.


Select print resources include local federal rules. See below for more details.

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, as well as rules for the Third Circuit, can be found in Pennsylvania Rules of Court: Federal.

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.