Federal Rules of Evidence & Comparable State Evidence Rules
Updated May 18, 2015.
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg for Prof. Peter Nicolas's Evidence class; updated by law librarianship student Jen Locke (2004).
Note: Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw are available to individual subscribers, such as University of Washington School of Law students, faculty, and staff. HeinOnline is a UW restricted database.
This section identifies print and online sources of the text of the Federal Rules of Evidence and secondary sources that analyze the rules.
Moore's Federal Rules Pamphlets
KF8816.A2M6 at Reference Area
The two "heavyweights" are:
Other substantial works include:
Weinstein's Federal Evidence, 2d ed. 6 vols.
KF8935.W39 1997 at Reference Area | Lexis
The New Wigmore
The classic treatise Wigmore on Evidence has been replaced by individual titles, such as The New Wigmore: Expert Evidence; The New Wigmore: Impeachment and Rehabilitation, etc.
KF8935.W54 at Reference Area
Find other books in the Law Library by searching the catalog by the subject "Evidence (Law) -- United States."
The "Big Three" commercial online legal research services also offer several one-volume works. The following are just a few of the available titles:
Federal Trial Evidence
Trial Evidence Brought to Life: Illustrations from Famous Trials, Film and Fiction
Federal Evidence Courtoom Manual
Federal Evidence Tactics
A Practical Guide to Federal Evidence
Courtroom Handbook on Federal Evidence
Handbook of Federal Evidence
Weinstein's Federal Evidence, 2d ed. 6 vols. Looseleaf. 1997-date.
KF8935.W39 1997 at Reference Area
Vol. 6 includes "Table of State and Military Adaptations of Federal Rules of Evidence." Rule-by-rule, identifies state evidence rules identical or similar to the federal rules for the 42 states (including Puerto Rico) that have evidence rules based on the FRE (excluding California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Virginia, and the Virgin Islands).
Although most states have court rules on evidence, some state evidence rules appear in their statutory codes.
|Use this map to link to state primary sources, including court rules.|
|All state evidence rules are listed on this page.|
|Access state evidence codes and court rules on this page.|
How did a state's evidence rules develop? If the state rules vary from the Federal Rules, why? Secondary sources (law review articles and practice materials) offer information on the history and development of state evidence rules. Try one (or two!) of the following strategies to locate these secondary sources.
State practice materials. Some sources are available on Lexis and Westlaw.
Although the Law Library does not generally collect practice materials from other states, you can search the online catalog to find what we have. A state-by-state bibliography of practice materials and continuing legal education publications is available in the Reference Office: Searching the Law, the States: A Selective Bibliography of State Practice Materials in the 50 States, 4th ed. KF240.D69 2003. Search combined library catalogs like Summit to see if any cooperating libraries have the practice materials you seek.