LII Collection: Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 


A broad overview of civil procedure can be found in our collection of pages summarizing legal topics.

Extent and currency:

This hypertext version of the rules was initially prepared by Peter W. Martin, Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School.  Subsequent updates have been prepared by the LII student editorial board under his supervision, most recently in the summer of 1996. We also distribute suggested changes to the Federal Rules promulgated by the Supreme Court under Project Hermes.

Source information:

 Digital text taken with permission from U.S.C.S. published by Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co.

Direct (pinpoint) linking to particular rules:

Add the # symbol and rule number (expressed as rule_NN)  to the base URL eg.

to link to Rule 17.


Location of search form:
The search form for the rules is located at

Conditions for use:

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