Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure in the United States

Legal Materials

An unannotated version of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) is posted free online and in ebook by the Legal Information Institute and is republished in the Federal Court of Appeals Manual. Annotated versions are published at the end of Title 28 of the United States Code Annotated (USCA) and the United States Code Service (USCS).

Unannotated editions are also published in the softcover O’Connor’s Federal Rules: Civil Trials (Jones McClure Publishing), Federal Civil Judicial Procedure and Rules (West) and the first Moore’s Federal Rules Pamphlet that comes with the big Moore’s Federal Practice set (Lexis/Matthew Bender).

Local Rules

The Local Rules of the various Circuit Courts are generally posted free on the relevant court’s Web site. You can link to these rules directly through the LLRX Court Rules, Forms and Dockets database. The Local Rules are also published in the “Local Rules” volume of the Federal Court of Appeals Manual (West).

Federal Procedure Rules

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (FRCrP) and the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) are each published as independent volumes. The FRCP and FRAP are also published in the softcover Federal Civil Judicial Procedure and Rules (West) and O’Connor’s Federal Rules: Civil Trials (Jones McClure). The FRAP is included in Federal Court of Appeals Manual: Local Rules (West). What’s more, all three rules sets are included at the end of Moore’s Federal Practice set, in the Moore’s Federal Rules Pamphlet, and in the Federal Procedure Rules Service at the end of the Federal Procedure set. As if that wasn’t enough, they are also published at the end of Title 28 of the United States Code, and they are posted free online and in eBook format by the Legal Information Institute.

For better searching, you can use one of the online U.S. Code databases (see “United States Code” below), or one of the special data bases just for the Federal Rules.

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure in the U.S. Code

The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure appear in the Appendix to Title 28 of the United State Code.

Orders of the Supreme Court of the United States Adopting and Amending Rules

Find out more about this topic in the Encyclopedia.

Other Related Rules

  • Rules of Procedure of the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
  • Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts
  • Rules Governing Section 2255 Proceedings for the United States District Courts
  • Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Title 28, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure in Federal Practice and Procedure

This section provides comprehensive coverage of the main aspects of federal rules of appellate procedure in relation to federal procedure, including an analysis of the rules as interpreted and applied by the federal courts and affected by related federal statutes and regulations.

Federal Jurisdiction and Related Matters in relation to this Topic

Find out some information in this legal Encyclopedia relating to this topic and the Federal Jurisdiction and related matters.

Resources

See Also

  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Federal Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Appellate Procedure

Resources

See Also

  • Rules of Procedure of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
  • Habeas Corpus rules
  • Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Choice of Law Rule
  • Judicial Branch Jurisdiction
  • Legislative Jurisdiction
  • United States Code
  • Judicial Jurisdiction Definition
  • Federal Procedure Rules
  • Federal Court Rules
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Evidence

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. This part provides references, in relation to Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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