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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Federal and State Rules Are Different

Even though the rules are similar in all courts, they’re not identical. Each state has its own rules, and each level of court within the state, trial and appellate, has different rules, too. On top of that, the federal courts have an entirely different set of rules altogether. Most states base their rules to some extent on the federal rules, so if you’re aware of a rule topic in the federal courts, you’ll know to look for it in the state courts.
There are also “local rules,” which can be set by each individual court. These local rules exist for every kind of court at both the federal and state levels. Often these rules cover things like how many copies of a document the court wants you to turn in, or what ...

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