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Free Online Legal Research

This guide describes freely available online legal research sources. It covers primary law (case law, statutes, regulations, etc.), secondary sources, legal forms, research guides and other reference tools, news sources, and self-help resources.

Court Rules

The general federal court rules can also be found in the Appendix to Titles 18 and 28 of the United States Code.  The Appendix to Title 18 contains the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Appendix to Title 28 contains the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence (see the U.S. Code portion of this guide for a listing of freely available versions of the United States Code).

Each federal court publishes its local rules on its court website.  For links to the various federal courts, see the the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts' Court Website Links page.

Additional information about federal court rules can be found on the Federal Rules portion of the UCLA Law LibGuide on Court Rules.

Courts, Judges and Judicial Nominations

Federal Court Dockets

History & Statistics