Civil Procedure Research Resources:
Forms, Jury Instructions, Practice Materials & Treatises

Updated June 11, 2009.
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg.

Links to LexisNexis and Westlaw are for subscribers only.

Treatises

Federal Procedure, Lawyers Edition, 1981-date. 50+ vols.
KF8835.F43 1981 at Reference Area & Westlaw: FedProc
"A problem-solving textual analysis of federal judicial and administrative procedure." Arranged by topic, not rule number. Includes the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Sentencing Guidelines for U.S. Courts (with annotations from the U.S. Code Service), and a 9th Circuit Rules volume, with court rules for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the District Courts located in the 9th Circuit.

Moore's Federal Practice, 3d ed., 1997-date. 30+ vols.
KF8820.A313 M63 1997 at Reference Area & LexisNexis: Moore's Federal Practice-Civil
Thorough treatment; more practical, less academic than Wright & Miller. Vols. 1-12 cover civil procedure. Tables volume includes a "Table of Statutes" that is arranged, in part, by Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Includes the Manual for Complex Litigation and the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence.

Wright & Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure, 3d ed., 1998-date. 50+ vols.
KF8840.W68 1998 at Reference Area & Westlaw: FPP
Scholarly and authoritative. Provides exhaustive coverage of federal appellate, civil, and criminal procedure. Vols. 4-12 cover civil procedure matters, including commencement of action, service of process, pleadings and motions, parties, depositions and discovery, trials, judgments, remedies, and appeals.

Newberg on Class Actions, 4th ed., 2002-date. 11 vols.
KF8896.N4 2002 at Reference Area & Westlaw: CLASSACT

LexisNexis databases

Westlaw

  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules and Commentary: FRCP-RC
    "[C]omplete, up-to-date text of all Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and, for each rule, a detailed practice commentary that discusses what the rule does, how it has been applied, and how it relates to other rules or other procedural matters. The treatise also includes Advisory Committee Notes for each rule, an extensive list of sample pleadings and other forms, and supplemental rules."

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Forms

AmJur Pleading and Practice Forms, 1967-date. 70+ vols.
KF8836.A45 at Reference Area & Westlaw: AMJUR-PP
Commentary and guidelines. Covers notices, complaints, petitions, declarations, summonses, demurrers, answers, counterclaims, cross-complaints, interrogatories, replies, motions, affidavits, stipulations, bills of particulars, subpoenas, orders, writs, jury instructions, findings of fact, judgments, bonds, decrees, and more.

Federal Procedural Forms, 1975-date. 30+ vols.
KF8836.F4 at Reference Area & Westlaw: FEDPROF
Offers procedural checklists and drafting guidelines.

Moore's Manual: Federal Practice Forms, 1964-2002. 7 looseleaf vols.
KF8836.M66 at Reference Area & LexisNexis: Moore's Manual: Federal Practice and Procedure

Westlaw: FORMS-ALL
Contains forms from more than 50 treatises and forms collections (including AmJur Pleading and Practice Forms, Federal Procedural Forms, and West's Federal Forms) and state-specific forms (including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin).

West's Federal Forms, 1952-date. 22 vols.
KF8836.W3 at Reference Area & Westlaw: FEDFORMS
Arranged by rule numbers. Companion to Wright & Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure.

LexisNexis

Westlaw

  • Nichol's Cyclopedia of Federal Procedure Forms: NCFPF
    A "comprehensive array of federal pleading and practice forms, accompanied by a concise treatment of the latest relevant federal law. "

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Other Practice Tools

AmJur Proof of Facts, 1st, 2d, and 3d series. 1959-date. 150+ vols.
KF8933.A42 at Reference Area & Westlaw: AMJUR-POF
Provides expert advice on a wide range of civil actions. Covers preparing the case and determining the facts. Includes strategies, tactics, practice tips, checklists, sample interrogatories, model discovery forms, sample proofs, and diagrams.

Bender's Forms of Discovery, 1963-date. 33 looseleaf vols.
KF8900.A3B4 at Reference Area & LexisNexis: Bender's Forms of Discovery Interrogatories (Volumes 1 to 10A) & Bender's Forms of Discovery Treatise (Volumes 11-16)
A vast collection of interrogatories, arranged by topic, and a treatise. Index to interrogatories appears in vol. 10A.

Pattern Discovery: Premises Liability, 3d ed. 1994-96. 3 vols.
KF8900.D327 1994 at Classified Stacks & Westlaw: PDPREML

Pattern Discovery: Products Liability, 3d ed. 1995-97. 2 vols.
KF8900.D328 1995 at Classified Stacks

Search the Gallagher Law Library catalog for additional titles by subject headings, such as Depositions--United States.

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Jury Instructions

These sets contain instructions for a wide variety of topics.

Federal Jury Practice and Instructions, 5th ed.  2000-date. 10 vols.
KF8984.D4 2000 at Reference Area & Westlaw: FED-JI

Manual of Model Civil Jury Instructions for the Ninth Circuit, 2001.
KF8984.A65M37 at Reference Area & Westlaw: FED-JICIV

Westlaw

  • JI-ALL, "all state and federal published, pattern, standard or model civil and criminal jury instructions available on Westlaw.
  • JIF-ALL, "contains the text of actual jury instructions submitted and filed in selected state and federal courts."

Some jury instructions are designed for certain types of cases.

Model Jury Instructions: Patent Litigation, 2005. Table of contents
KF8984.A65 P38 2005 at Classified Stacks

Model Jury Instructions: Business Torts Litigation, 4th ed. 2005.
KF8984.A65 A5 2005 at Classified Stacks

Model Jury Instructions for Fidelity Cases, 2003.
KF1223 .M63 2003 at Classified Stacks

Model Jury Instructions for Surety Cases, 2000.
KF1045.A65 M63 2000 at Classified Stacks & Westlaw: ABA-JI-SUR

Sample Jury Instructions in Civil Antitrust Cases, 1999.
KF1657.J8S26 1999 at Classified Stacks

Model Jury Instructions: Securities Litigation, 1996.
KF8984 .M64 1996 at Classified Stacks

Sample Civil RICO Jury Instructions, 1994.
KF9375.Z9S26 1994 at Reference Area

Search the Gallagher Law Library catalog for additional titles by subject heading: Instructions to Juries--United States--Forms.

LexisNexis

See also LLRX, Revisiting Jury Instructions, which lists publications of statewide jury instructions.

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