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.

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Federal Rules of Evidence: Sources & Commentary

This section identifies print and online sources of the text of the Federal Rules of Evidence and secondary sources that analyze the rules.

Print LexisNexis Westlaw Internet
Federal Civil Judicial Procedure and Rules
KF8816.A193 at Reference Area

Moore's Federal Rules Pamphlets
KF8816.A2M6 at Reference Area

28 U.S. Code appendix

GENFED;RULES
LITGAT;FRE

US-RULES http://www.uscourts.gov/rules/newrules4.html 

http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/fre/overview.html

http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title28a/title28a.html 

proposed rules and rule changes LITGAT;MFEDPU US-RULESCOMM http://www.uscourts.gov/rules/newrules1.html

http://www.wcl.american.edu/pub/journals/evidence/

Federal Practice and Procedure (Wright & Miller)
KF8840.W68 1998 at Reference Stacks
  FPP
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

FEDEVID

Moore's Federal Practice LITGAT;MOORES    
Weinstein's Federal Evidence
KF8935.W39 1997 at Reference Area
LITGAT;WEUSR
Wigmore on Evidence
KF8985.W54 at Reference Area
 

Print Only Sources

  • Federal Rules of Evidence Handbook, KF8931.7.F4 at Classified Stacks.
  • Federal Rules of Evidence: Legislative Histories and Related Documents, KF8931.8 1980a at Classified Stacks.
  • Federal Rules of Evidence with Advisory Committee Notes and Legislative History, KF8935.M84 at Classified Stacks.

Sources Exclusive to LexisNexis: LITGAT

  • EVDFND, Evidentiary Foundations 5th by Imwinkelried
  • EVIDTC, Federal Evidence Tactics by Imwinkelried & Schlueter
  • FCTEVD, Federal Courtroom Evidence
  • FEDEVD, Weissenberger, Federal Evidence
  • FDEVCM,.Federal Evidence Courtroom Manual
  • FREMAN, Federal Rules of Evidence Manual by Saltzburg, Martin & Capra
  • FEDPRG, Federal Evidence Practice Guide by McLaughlin
  • FREVID, Federal Rules of Evidence with Objections
  • PGFE, A Practical Guide to Federal Evidence by Bocchino & Sonenshein
  • TRICLE, ALI-ABA Course of Study, Trial Evidence
  • WIGMOR, The New Wigmore on Evidence

Sources Exclusive to Westlaw

  • FEDEV, Federal Evidence by Mueller & Kirkpatrick
  • FEDEVID-OBJ, Federal Rules of Evidence with Trial Objections by Gibbons
  • FEDRLSERV, Federal Rules of Evidence by Rothstein
  • HEARSAY, Hearsay Handbook by Binder
  • MAJLTG-TLF, Major litigation treatises and legal forms
  • YFREVID, Young's Federal Rules of Evidence

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State Correlations to the Federal Rules of 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).

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Sources of State Evidence Rules

Although most states have court rules on evidence, some state evidence rules appear in their statutory codes.

Print Internet LexisNexis: LITGAT Westlaw
State statutes & court rules
Reference Area 
Court Rules, Forms and Dockets, http://www.llrx.com/courtrules/. XXRULE *

STRULS

XX-RULES  *

RULES-ALL

Evidentiary Law, http://www.megalaw.com/top/evid.php 

* 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).

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Sources on Proposed / Recently Adopted Amendments to State Evidence Rules

Print Internet LexisNexis: 2NDARY Westlaw
Legislative service pamphlets shelved with state statutes
Reference Area
Court websites, http://guide.lp.findlaw.com/11stategov/index.html ALLREV

BARJNL

NWLTRS

JLR

LEGALNP

Advance sheets for official & regional court reporters.
Reference Area * Compact Stacks
Bar association websites, http://guide.lp.findlaw.com/06associations/state.html.

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Strategies for Finding History Information on State Evidence Rules

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.

Indexes law review articles published since 1980.
Include name of state and keywords associated with the issue.
"missouri and hearsay" or "illinois and physician and privilege".
Provides PDF images of hundreds of law reviews.
Search by phrase or keyword.
Retrieve the evidence rule, then view the citing references to identify law review articles and practice materials that are also available on Westlaw.
Provide references only for evidence provisions that are part of the statutes, not court rules.

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.


Selected CALR State Practice Materials on Evidence

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

** CLE databases include at least one distinct title on evidence law.

State

LexisNexis LITGAT

Westlaw

  State LexisNexis
LITGAT
Westlaw   State Lexis-Nexis LITGAT Westlaw   State LexisNexis
LITGAT
Westlaw
AL   ALEVID KY KYEVCM KYPRAC NH NHEVID   RI RIEVID  
CA CAEVOB
CAEVCM
WITEVD
CEBCEB
CEBEIE
WITEVID
CAELECEVID
SIMCAEVID
TRG-CACIVEV
TRG-FEDCIVEV
LA   LACIVL-EVID
LA-EVID
NJ NJEVCM NJPRAC-ERA SC   SCPRACLIB
CO COEVCM
COEVID
  MD MDEVCM MD-CLE** NY BNYEVD
NYCEVD
NYEVCM
NYEVOB
PRICH
PLI-LIT TN TNEVCM TNTRHB
TNPRAC
CT CTRIAL   MA   MAPRAC-EVID
MA-CLE**
NC NCBBE
NCEVCM
NCEVID
NCPRAC-EVD
NCATL-CLE**
TX TXEVID
TXCEVD
TXPG-EVID
TX-PRACHE
TX-PRACRE
FL FLEF
FLEVTB
FLEVID
FLPRAC-EVID
FL-CLE**
MI MIEVCM
MIEVID
MICRP-EVID OH OHEVTR
OHEVCM
OHEVID
OHPRAC-EVID VA VAEVIF
VALEVD
 
GA   GAEVIDENCE
GAHANDEVID
GACRIMEVID
GAFOUNDOBJ
GARULEEVID
GALAWEVID
GAEVIDCIVL
GAPRACLIB
MN MNEVTR MNPRAC-CHME
MNPRAC-EVID
OK   OKPRAC-ECLE
OKPRAC-CG
WA WAEVID WAPRAC-HWE
IL ILEVFD
ILEVOB
IICTE
IL-CLE** MO MOEVFD MOPRAC-CHME
MOPRAC-ME
PA PAEVCM PAAOE WI   WIPRAC-WE
IN INEVCM
INDTEM
INPRAC-CHIE
INPRAC-EVID
 

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