Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
- These are rules set forth to govern how civil cases are handled in federal courts. The main goal of these rules is to ensure a fair, swift, and cost-effective resolution of each case. Key components of the process dictated by these rules include information gathering by both parties (discovery) and a preparatory meeting before a judge to make decisions about the necessity of a trial or the prospect of reaching a settlement outside court. These federal rules often act as a blueprint for similar rules in many state courts
- The lawyer needs to study the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to understand how the court will handle the civil case.
- The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure stipulate how discovery and pretrial conferences should be conducted in federal civil cases.
- Many state courts have modeled their procedures for civil case management based on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.