Federal Rules of Evidence & Comparable State Evidence Rules
Updated Nov. 20, 2008.
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg for Peter Nicolas's Evidence class. Updated in 2004 with the assistance of Jen Locke.
This section identifies print and online sources of the text of the Federal Rules of Evidence and secondary sources that analyze the rules.
|Federal Civil Judicial Procedure and Rules
KF8816.A193 at Reference Area
Moore's Federal Rules Pamphlets
28 U.S. Code appendix
|proposed rules and rule changes||LITGAT;MFEDPU||US-RULESCOMM||http://www.uscourts.gov/rules/newrules1.html|
|Federal Practice and Procedure (Wright &
KF8840.W68 1998 at Reference Stacks
|Federal Rules of Evidence Service
KF8935.F4 at Classified Stacks.
A digest (arranged by rule number) and federal cases interpreting the Rules
|Handbook of Federal Evidence
KF8935.G68 2001 at Classified Stacks
|Moore's Federal Practice||LITGAT;MOORES|
|Weinstein's Federal Evidence
KF8935.W39 1997 at Reference Area
|Wigmore on Evidence
KF8985.W54 at Reference Area
Print Only Sources
Sources Exclusive to LexisNexis: LITGAT
Sources Exclusive to Westlaw
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.
* XX represents the two-letter state postal code abbreviation.
Bibliography: "Sources of Rules of State Courts," 82 Law Library Journal 761 (1990) (Reference Area & Compact Stacks).
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 LexisNexis and Westlaw (see table below). Although the Law Library does not collect practice materials from other states extensively, you can search the online catalog to find what we have. Marian by keyword "california and evidence." 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 and ShareLaw to see if any cooperating libraries have the practice materials you seek. (Read more about Summit on the Circulation page.) If not, submit an interlibrary loan request to obtain books you have identified.
LexisNexis and Westlaw offer a variety of practice materials for many, but not all, states. This material comes in two types: practice series (comparable to Washington Practice) and material produced for continuing legal education (CLE) programs. Washington CLE materials are available on Loislaw, which is free to law students. For more information, see CALR Access by UW Law Students, Faculty, Staff, and Librarians.