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The following is a selected guide to print and online resources for federal and Colorado court rules and related trial practice materials.
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2014 URL: http://libguides.law.du.edu/courtrules Print Guide RSS Updates

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Many resources listed in these guides required University of Denver Sturm College of Law IP addresses for access. Other resources, such as Westlaw and LexisNexis require individual user accounts and passwords.

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Overview of Federal and State Court Rules

Court rules regulate civil and criminal practice procedure in federal and state courts. Some court rules are statutory and created by legislatures, while others require both judicial action and legislative approval. Researchers may use the following types of federal rules of procedure: appellate, bankruptcy, civil, criminal, and evidence which include instructions for preparing trial discovery, appeals, time restrictions, and more. State court rules usually address the same areas, but may or may not be similar to federal rules. Other state rules can be internal operating procedure for each court, rules of procedure, judicial administration, rules of professional conduct, bar admission rules, and local rules.

Be sure to check annotations after the text of each rule for summaries and citations to related court decisions. And read secondary sources for commentaries on the rules and citations to cases interpreting them.

United States Code (USC) - United States
Call Number: Law-Level 3 KF62 2006 .A2
Publication Date: 2006
Find federal court rules in Titles 18 (Criminal) and 28 (Civil) of the USC. Please note USC is at least two years behind in updating because of publishing delays.

United States Code Annotated (USCA) - United States
Call Number: KF62.5 .W45
Publication Date: 1927-
Click the Federal tab and look under "Federal Court Rules of Procedure and Related Trial Practice Materials in Print" for a list of resources.

Colorado Revised Statutes - Colorado
Research Colorado Court rules in LexisNexis (Colorado Court Rules Books 1 and 2)

West's Colorado Revised Statutes Annotated
Call Number: Law-Level 3 KFC1830 1989 .A2
Research West versions of the statutes (Click the Colorado tab and check under the variety of entries for Colorado court rules and related trial practice materials in print)

 

Print References

This research guide has been adapted from court rules and practice materials in the above references.

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Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies - Sloan; Amy E. Sloan
Call Number: Law-Level 2 Reference Desk KF240 .S66 2009
ISBN: 9780735576728
Publication Date: 2009-02-26
See Chapter 6: Statutory Research -- Rules of Procedure.

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Colorado Legal Research - Robert M. Linz
Call Number: Law-Level 3 Reference KFC1875 .L56 2010
ISBN: 1594607893
Publication Date: 2010-08-01
See Chapter 8: Court Rules.

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Finding the Law 2005 - Robert C. Berring & Elizabeth A. Edinger
Call Number: Law-Level 3 & Law-Level 3 Reference Disk KF240 .B45 2005
ISBN: 0314145796
Publication Date: 2005-12-28
See Chapter 9: Court Rules and Practice.

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Fundamentals of Legal Research, 9th ed. - Steven M. Barkan, et al.
Call Number: Law-Level 3 Reference KF240 .J3
ISBN: 1599412187
Publication Date: 2009-05-29
See Chapter 12: Court Rules and Procedures.

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Legal Research Illustrated, 9th ed. - Steven M. Barkan, et al.
Call Number: Law-Level 3 Reference Desk KF240 .J32 2009
ISBN: 1599413353
Publication Date: 2009-06-04
See Chapter 12: Court Rules and Procedures.

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Legal Research in a Nutshell - Morris L. Cohen; Kent Olson
Call Number: Law-Level 3 Reference KF240 .C54 2010
ISBN: 0314264086
Publication Date: 2010-05-28
See Chapter 7: Court Rules and Practice.

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Navigating Legal Research and Technology: Quick Reference Guide to the 1,500 Most Common Questions about Traditional and Online Legal Research - Joel Fishman; Dittakavi Rao
Call Number: Law-Level 3 Reference Desk KF240 .F595 2009
ISBN: 1935220322
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
See Chapter 10: Court Rules.

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Principles of Legal Research - Kent C. Olson; Morris L. Cohen
Call Number: Law-Level 3 Reference KF240 .O57 2009
ISBN: 0314211926
Publication Date: 1998-01-01
See Chapter 9: The Judiciary, Part 4: Other Court Information.

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The Process of Legal Research - Christina L. Kunz, et al.
Call Number: Law-Level 3 Reference Desk KF240 .P76 2008
ISBN: 0735569770
Publication Date: 2008-07-08
See Chapter 16: Rules of Procedure and Chapter 17: Rules of Professional Responsibility.

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