Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure in the United States

Legal Materials

Unannotated editions of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (FRCrP) are posted free by the U.S. Courts and the Legal Information Institue. The LII also posts the Rules in eBook format.

Annotated editions of the FRCrP are published at the end of Title 18 of the United States Code Annotated (USCA) and the United States Code Service (USCS). Lightly annotated editions are available in O’Connor’s Federal Criminal Rules & Codes Plus, with commentary and Committee Notes (Jones McLure), in the “Criminal” rules pamphlet at the end of Moore’s Federal Practice, with Committee Notes (Lexis/Matthew Bender) and in the softcover Volume 3D of Federal Practice and Procedure(West), with Commentary. An unannotated print edition is available in West’s Federal Criminal Code and Rules.

Proposed and recently-approved changes to the Rules are posted on the Pending Rules Amendments page of the Federal Judiciary web site. Generally, new rules go into effect on December 1.

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 FRCrP is included in Federal Criminal Code and Rules and O’Connor’s Federal Criminal Rules & Codes (Jones McClure). 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”), or one of the special data bases just for the Federal Rules.

See Also

Criminal Law
Federal Court Rules
Federal Procedure Rules
Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Federal Rules of Evidence
United States Code

Federal Rules of Criminal 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 Criminal Procedure. This part provides references, in relation to Federal Rules of Criminal 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 Criminal 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
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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 Criminal 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 Criminal 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 Criminal 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 Criminal Procedure. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Federal Rules of Criminal 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 Criminal Procedure when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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