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Rules of practice and procedure in a court of law. Related tags: process, civil-procedure

Courts typically have written rules for accepting and adjudicating disputes.

For example, the U.S. federal courts have:

  • Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Evidence
  • Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure

Most states have similar rules, which may draw from statute, the state's supreme court, or even the state bar association.