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Federal Civil Procedure : Local Court Rules & Specialty Court Rules

This guide is intended to help law students and practitioners find resources which will help them understand federal civil procedure and find applicable federal court rules. Developed by Joan Markey and updated by Rosemary Campagna and Eric Yap.

Print Sources

Electronic Sources

The US Courts website  has links to all of the websites of  the courts of appeal, federal district courts and bankruptcy courts.  There are links to the local rules on these websites. 

The local rules for the federal district courts are also available on Lexis-Nexis. Usually, they are bundled together with the state rules of civil procedure. Thus if you are searching for the local rules for the federal courts in Maryland, search for Maryland court rules. (Log-in required.)

Civil Practice in the Southern District of New York is available in electronic format on Westlaw as well as in the print version described in the left column. Password and log-in required. 

Specialty Court Rules

United States Bankruptcy Courts

The bankruptcy courts follow the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.  

United States Tax Court

The US Tax Court doesn't use the federal rules of civil procedure. It has its own US Tax Court Rules. 

United States Court of Federal Claims

This court also also has its own rules.