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Law Library News for April 5, 1999

Linda Kawaguchi, editor

Law Library News Archive


Meet MARIAN, the Library's New Web-Based Catalog

by Cheryl Nyberg

Introducing MARIAN, the Law Library's new web-based catalog!

On Monday, April 5th, MARIAN will be released to the public. We invite all Law School faculty, staff, and students to attend demonstrations and hands-on training sessions.


The demo will cover basic search techniques and new features. Enjoy cookies along with the new catalog! Two demos will be held:

  • Monday, April 5 at 12:35 pm in Room 139
  • Tuesday, April 6 at 12:35 pm in Room 139

Hands-on Training Sessions

The hands-on sessions will be held in Room 29, the Library's Legal Research Training Center. Space is limited to 8 users. To guarantee a seat for your preferred date and time, register by calling 3-7672 or via the web at

Drop-ins will be accommodated on a space available basis. Please note: no food or beverages are allowed in the Training Center.

  • Monday, April 5, 3:30 pm- 4:20 pm
  • Tuesday, April 6, 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
  • Wednesday, April 7, 10:30 am - 11:20 am
  • Wednesday, April 7, 12:30 pm- 1:20 pm
  • Thursday, April 8, 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
  • Thursday, April 8, 2:30 pm- 3:20 pm
  • Friday, April 9, 10:30 am - 11:20 am
  • Friday, April 9, 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
  • Monday, April 12, 12:30 pm -1:20 pm
  • Monday, April 12, 2:30 pm -3:20 pm
  • Tuesday, April 13, 10:30 am - 11:20 am
  • Tuesday, April 13, 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
  • Wednesday, April 14, 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
  • Friday, April 16, 12:30 pm - 1:20pm
  • Friday, April 16, 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Federal Court Rules

by Sarah Griffith, Law Librarianship Student

Before spring break we talked about court rules for Washington State. Parallel to the state system with its hierarchy of courts, the federal courts have courts of original jurisdiction, called district courts, intermediate appellate courts divided into 13 circuits, and the United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the country.

Rules for the federal court system are available in many locations in the Library. The United States Code contains the federal rules, which include the rules of district courts, appellate procedure and the rules for practicing before the United States Supreme Court. The two annotated codes -- the United States Code Annotated and the United States Code Service -- ontain the same court rules, but with annotations. These are all available in the Reading Room.

Federal Civil Judicial Procedure and Rules (KF8816.A2 at Reserve) contains the rules, as well as Advisory Committee Notes. There is a similar volume for the criminal rules, the Federal Criminal Code and Rules (KF9607.5 at Reserve). It includes not only the criminal rules, but also the applicable criminal statutes.

Just as the individual Superior Courts of Washington have their own local rules, so, too, do the federal courts. The court of original jurisdiction for federal court is the district court; in Washington, we have the Eastern and Western Districts. A five-volume looseleaf set called Federal Local Court Rules (KF8820.A3134F43 at Reserve) contains the individual rules for each federal district court in the United States and the rules of each circuit of the Federal Court of Appeals.

There is a companion set to the Federal Local Court Rules, called Federal Local Court Forms (KF8836.H58 at Reserve). This three-volume looseleaf set contains forms to be used in federal court. For practice in Western Washington, there is a soft-bound publication of the local rules for the Western District: United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (KF8821.W38A2 at Reserve). This includes the local bankruptcy court rules.