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Litigation Practice Materials

Rules governing trials

Court rules are normally divided into three categories: Rules of Procedure (Civil and Criminal), Rules of Evidence, and Local Court Rules.  

“Local” rules refer to rules of conduct and procedure that are required by specific courts within a jurisdiction and can generally be found on a court's website.   The Public Library of Law (www.plol.org) provides links to the local rules on court websites for most jurisdictions.

Resources related to Rules of Evidence are described in the Evidence tab of this guide.  This section will describe resources related generally to Rules of Procedure. 

Federal Rules of Procedure

The 2 main treatises on Federal Rules of Procedure are Wright & Miller on Federal Practice and Procedure and Moore's Federal Practice.  These treatises are generally referred to by "Wright & Miller" or "Moore's."  They include the text of the rules, explanations and annotations.

Illinois Rules of Procedure