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Court Rules and Related Trial Practice Materials (Federal and Colorado)   Tags: colorado, court rules, federal  

The following is a selected guide to print and online resources for federal and Colorado court rules and related trial practice materials.
Last Updated: Mar 13, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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LLRX Court Rules, Forms and Dockets. See links to over 1,400 sources for state and federal court rules, forms, and dockets. Browse for resources or search by keyword.


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.

Find federal court rules in Titles 18 (Criminal) and 28 (Civil) of United States Code (USC) and United States Code Annotated (USCA). (Click the Federal tab and look under "Federal Court Rules of Procedure and Related Trial Practice Materials in Print" for a list of resources.) (Please note USC is at least two years behind in updating because of publishing delays.)

Research Colorado court rules in LexisNexis (Colorado Court Rules Books 1 and 2) and 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.) 

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.



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

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