Manual in United States


Practice Manual

For a meaning of it, read Practice Manual in the Legal Dictionary here. See forms (in U.S. law).

U.S. Government Manual

The United States Government Manual provides information about each agency and office in all three branches of the U.S. government. A typical entry will include the name, address and phone number of the office or agency, its purpose and the relevant enabling state.

Current and prior editions of the Manual back to 1995-96 are browsable and searchable on FDsys.

United States Attorneys’ Manual

The Manual is a posted free in the Justice Department’s online FOIA Reading Room. The Manual is searchable on Westlaw (USAM). Aspen publishes a print version called the Department of Justice Manual.

Free Speech, Murder Manuals, and Instruction of Violence

According to the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, about its article titled FREE SPEECH, MURDER MANUALS, AND INSTRUCTION OF VIOLENCEThe first amendment guarantee of freedom of speech is perhaps tested most severely when speech either advocates or instructs how to commit violent, illegal action. Even where speech does not do so directly, but merely has the potential to
(read more about Constitutional law entries here).

Manual for Complex Litigation

The Manual for Complex Litigation “describes techniques and procedures that trial judges have found to be successful in managing complex cases. It also analyzes practices that have caused difficulties. It includes a number of forms that have been used by U.S. district judges.” The full text of the Manual is posted in PDF format on the Federal Judicial Center Web site (

The Manual is not, and should not be cited as, authoritative legal or administrative policy. The Manual contains analyses and recommendations of the Board of Editors, but each member of the Board does not necessarily subscribe to all parts of the Manual. It was produced under the auspices of the Federal Judicial Center, but the Center has no authority to prescribe practices for federal judges.

Although federal trial judges are the Manual’s primary audience, the techniques and procedures discussed may be useful in state courts as well, particularly in view of the convergence that is occurring in related litigation pending in both state and federal court systems. Reference to the Manual may assist in the coordination of such litigation. The Manual will also assist lawyers, who share with judges the responsibility for managing complex litigation in which they are involved.

Alternatively, the Manual is published as a separate volume at the end of Moore’s Federal Practice 3rd ed. and Federal Procedure Lawyer’s Edition. You can find an electronic version at the end of the Moore’s CD-ROM.

Finally, West publishes an Annotated Manual of Complex Litigation, which is available in print or on Westlaw (MCL-ANN).

See Also

Government Publishing Office (GPO)
United States Courts, generally
United States Government Agencies
Criminal Law
United States Department of Justice
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Court Clerks
Court Houses
Federal Court Rules
United States Court of Appeals
United States District Courts

Manual: 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 Manual. This part provides references, in relation to Manual, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Manual 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 Manual 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 Manual 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 Manual 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 Manual. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Manual 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 Manual when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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