Federal procedural rules (including the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and so on) are available in many sources, print and online.
|Sources of Fed. R. Civ. P.||
|Text?||Adv. Comm. Notes?||Case Annotations, Other Research Aids?|
|Legal Information Institute (Cornell)||Free website||Yes||Yes||No|
|United States Code (following Title 28)||Print (Reference Area KF62) and Online (FDSys)||Yes||Yes||No|
|United States Code Annotated (following Title 28)||Print (Reference Area KF62) and Online (Westlaw)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|United States Code Service (volumes at end of set)||Print (Reference Area KF62) and Online (Lexis Advance)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Lexis Advance||Online||Yes||Yes||Yes (USCS)|
|Moore's Federal Practice||Treatise: Print and Online (Lexis Advance)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Federal Practice & Procedure (Wright & Miller)||Treatise: Print and Online (Westlaw)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Court Rules Pamphlets||Yes||Yes||No|
|House of Representatives Committee Print||PDF on uscourts.gov||Yes||No||No|
For Washington, see Washington Court Opinions, Court Rules, Other Judicial Materials & the Courts.
See About the Rulemaking Process on the U.S. Courts website.
Outline of the process:
HeinOnline's Congress and the Courts library includes broad and deep resources for studying the history of the federal courts and federal rules. For example:
Records and Archives of the Rules Committees (going back to 1960) are available on the U.S. Courts website. They're arranged by date, so you have to know when the rule you're researching was changed. Start with treatises (Moore's and Federal Practice and Procedure) to read commentary and track the major changes.
For Washington, see Court Rules page on Washington Courts website.