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Court Rules and Related Trial Practice Materials (Federal and Colorado): Home

The following is a selected guide to print and online resources for federal and Colorado court rules and related trial practice materials.

Database Access

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.

Free Online Sources

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.

Print References

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

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