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In addition to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, each of the 94 Federal District courts have devised their own local rules which must be followed. The best place to look for these rules is the website of the court you will be appearing before:
U.S. Central District Court of Illinois
Sources for Court Rules
National Center for State Courts (NCSC)
An alphabetical index of court websites for each state and U.S. territory. This page will provide judicial branch links, focusing on the administrative office of the courts, the court of last resort, any intermediate appellate courts, and each trial court level.
Directory of Federal Court Guidelines by
Call Number: KF8816 .D57
Publication Date: 1996-07-30
The Directory of Federal Court Guidelines outlines the requirements of over 600 federal judges in detailed form along with the procedures they mandate on such essential matters as discovery, scheduling conferences, alternative dispute resolution, voir dire, marking of exhibits, and jury participation. This is critical inside information directly from the federal courts and judges compiled and published in cooperation with the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation. You will get every sitting judge's educational background, previous experience on the bench, with the government and in private practice, and honors and awards. Many judges have provided photographs and the names and telephone numbers of their secretaries and court clerks as well. Updated three times a year, Directory of Federal Court Guidelines will prove to be a vital research tool for preparing your case.
Other Courts and Tribunals
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern practice in the U.S. Federal District Courts. The procedures for practice in the Federal Appellate Courts, State Courts, Tax courts, Bankruptcy Courts, the Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board among others are governed by different statutes and different rules. Though those rules address similar issues of procedure and procedural fairness and their is often overlap keep in mind different courts follow different rules.