Legal Research In Criminal Justice

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Chapter 5:  Court Rules and Practice

Chapter Introduction

Congress has given the courts the authority to make rules on how court practice is conducted.  These rules are known as rules of court.  Many of these rules have been collected together, and are referred to by the name of the collection of rules.  In legal research, you will commonly see reference to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.  These court rules are often published with the code.  These codes guide practice in all courts within that jurisdiction.  Local courts can also establish rules that are particular to that court, known as local rules of court.  These local rules can often be found on the website for that particular court.  State courts will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but they will usually be similar to the federal system.  Most states will publish their court rules on the state's website, as well as with the state code. 

Section 5.1:  The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

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Bluebook: The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

The Bluebook stipulates that the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure should be cited as "FED. R. CRIM. P." appearing before the rule number. 

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