Research guides

Self-Help Research - Statutes, Court Rules, and More

Federal Court Rules

Court Rules specify the processes by which certain actions should be followed throughout a court case. Rules can detail how the court computes time, how service of papers must be handled, the information to be included in a brief, the conduct of a jury, and much more.

The Rules of Appellate Procedure (F.R.A.P. or Fed. R. App. P.), Rules of Civil Procedure (F.R.C.P. or Fed. R. Civ. P.), Rules of Criminal Procedure (Fed. R. Crim. P.), and Rules of Evidence (Fed. R. Evid.) are available as PDF documents on the United States Courts website. This site also links to Federal Local Court websites, which often provide PDFs of the local court rules.

The Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States (Rules Sup. Ct.) are available as a PDF document on the Supreme Court's website.

For other ways to access federal court rules, including in print as well as on subscription legal databases like Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law (which are available in the library), see the Federal Court Rules guide. This guide also details how to access older versions of the court rules.

Local Circuit & District Court Rules

The United States Courts website provides links to individual circuit and district court websites, which often provide the local court rules.

Rules & Procedures for the Third Circuit are available as a PDF document on the Third Circuit's website.

Local Rules for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania are available as PDF documents on the Eastern District's website.