State Rules of Civil Procedure

The first state to establish uniform rules of civil procedure was New York, which in 1848 enacted the Field Code, named after its principal author, David Dudley Field. Over the next several decades, nearly all states had either adopted the Code outright or had made other considerable changes to their procedures. As of 2002, the Code has been replaced with modified versions of the FRCP in nearly all states. Notwithstanding, there are procedural differences from state to state, and it is imperative that litigants are familiar with state rules before proceeding in court. Copies of state rules may often be found at public libraries, college libraries, and/or on states’ official Internet websites.

ALABAMA: See Title 6 of the Alabama Code of 1975, also available at http://www.legislatures.state.al.us/codeofAlabama/1975.

ALASKA: See Title 9 of Alaska Statutes, “Code of Civil Procedure.”

ARIZONA: See Title 12 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, available at http://www.azleg.state.ar.us/

ARKANSAS: See Title 16, Subtitle 5 of the Arkansas Code, available at http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/dcode.

CALIFORNIA: See the “California Code of Civil Procedure.”

COLORADO: See Title 13 of the Colorado Constitution, “Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure.”

CONNECTICUT: See Title 52 of the General Statutes of Connecticut, available at http://www.cga.state.ct.us/2001/pub/Title52.

DELAWARE: See Title 10, Part 3 of the Delaware Code, “Courts and Judicial Procedure.”

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: See Titles 13-17.

FLORIDA: See “Florida Rules of Civil Procedure,” from the Florida Lawyers World Wide Web Resource Center at http://phonl.com/fl_law/rules/frcp/

GEORGIA: See Title 9, Chapter 10 of the Georgia Code.

IDAHO: See Titles 1-13 of the Idaho Code.

ILLINOIS: See Code of Civil Procedure, 735 IL CS 5.

INDIANA: See Title 34 of the Indiana Code, Articles 1-57, available at www.state.in.us/legislature/ic/code/title34.

IOWA: See Title X, Subtitle 3 of the Iowa Code, available at www.legis.state.ia.us/IACODE.

KANSAS: See Chapters 60 and 61 of the Kansas Statutes, available at http://www.kslegislature.org/cgi-bin/statutes/index.cgi.

KENTUCKY: See Kentucky Rules of Court, authority found in Kentucky Constitution, Articles 109-116.

LOUISIANA: See the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure, available at http://www.legis.state.la.us.

MAINE: See Maine Rules of Civil Procedure, available at http://www.cleaves.org/sc-rules.htm.

MARYLAND: See “Courts and Judicial Procedures,” Section 1-101, et seq., available at http://mlis.state.md.us/cgi-win/web_statutes.exe.

MASSACHUSETTS: See Chapters 211-262 of the General Laws of Massachusetts, “Courts, Judicial Officers and Proceedings in Civil Cases.”

MICHIGAN: See “Michigan Rules of Court,” available at http://www.michiganlegislature.org/law/MCLSearch.asp.

MINNESOTA: See Chapters 540-552.

MISSISSIPPI: See Title 11 of Mississippi Code of 1972, available at http://www.mscode.com/free/statutes.

MISSOURI: See Missouri Revised Statutes, Title XXXV, Chapters 506-517, available at http://www.moga.state.mo.us/STATUTES.

MONTANA: See Title 25 of state statute.

NEBRASKA: See Chapters 25 and 26 of Nebraska statutes, available at http://statutes.unicam.state.ne.us/

NEVADA: See Titles 3-6 of the Nevada Revised Statutes.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: See Title LIII, Chapters 514-526 of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes, “Proceedings in Court,” available at http://sudoc.nhsl.lib.nh.us/rsa/LIII.htm.

NEW JERSEY: See Chapter 2A of the New Jersey Permanent Statutes, available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/

NEW YORK: See Chapter 8 of the New York State Consolidated Laws, available at http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/

NORTH CAROLINA: See Chapters 1 and 1A of the North Carolina General Statutes.

NORTH DAKOTA: See Chapter 28 of the Century Code. “Judicial Procedure, Civil.”

OKLAHOMA: See Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

OREGON: See Chapters 12-36 of the Oregon Revised Statutes.

PENNSYLVANIA: See Pennsylvania Constitution of 1968, Article V, Section 10C, 42 PA CS 1722, available at http://member.aol./com/RulesPA/civil.hyml.

RHODE ISLAND: See Title 9, available at http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/statutes/Title9/INDEX.

SOUTH CAROLINA: See Title 15 of the Code of Laws, available at http://www.lpitr.state.sc.us/code/tit15.htm.

SOUTH DAKOTA: See Title 15.

TENNESSEE: See Titles 19 and 20.

TEXAS: See “Civil Practice and Remedies Code,” available at http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/cvtoc.html.

UTAH: See Future Title 28-“Judicial Code” of the Utah Code, available at http://www.le.state.ut.us/FTITL78.

VERMONT: See Title 12 of the Vermont Statutes.

VIRGINIA: See Virginia Code Section 915a, available at http://www.leg1.state.va.us/000/cod/code915a.htm#751573.

WASHINGTON: See Title 4, “Civil Procedure,” of the Revised Code of Washington, available at http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/rcw.cfm.

WEST VIRGINIA: See Chapters 55-58.

WISCONSIN: See Chapters 801-847 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

WYOMING: See Title 1 of the Wyoming Statutes, available at http://legisweb.state.wy.us/title/97titles/title1.htm.


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