Court Rules Online

Do you know the best place to go to for free access to court rules online?

The U.S. Courts web site provides PDF documents for all the current sets, including rules of civil procedure, criminal procedure and evidence. Also provided is directory of links to local federal court rules (including Circuit, District and Bankruptcy courts). Like many other courts, the U.S. Supreme Court provides its rules on its web site.

For state courts, rules are usually provided by the state judiciary web sites–e.g., Massachusetts. For other states, this directory from the National Center for State Courts can take you to the court web site(s) from each jurisdiction.

Especially when the citation rule, Bluebook 12.9.3, requires only citation to the current rule (and not to any particular published source), the Internet source for court rules can meet a researcher’s need in most situations.