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Resources available at LaValley Law Library relating to the area of Civil Procedure


Broadly speaking, civil procedure consists of the rules by which courts conduct civil trials. "Civil trials" concern the judicial resolution of claims by one individual or class against another and are to be distinguished from "criminal trials," in which the state prosecutes an individual for violation of criminal law. 

In the U.S., civil procedure usually takes the form of a series of rules and judicial practices. The federal courts follow the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP); the state courts follow their own state rules of civil procedure. Often times, state civil procedure mirrors many of the federal rules.


Pleadings and Practice

  • Pleadings
    • The Complaint
    • The Answer
    • Amendments
    • Rule 11
  • Joinder of Claims and Parties
    • Claim Joinder
    • Counterclaims
    • Crossclaims
    • Party Joinder
    • Permissive Party Joinder
    • Compulsory Party Joinder
    • Third-Party Practice (Impleader)
    • Intervention
  • Discovery
    • Scope 
    • Discovery Devices
    • Privileged Materials
    • Work-Product Doctrine
  • Pre-Answer Motions and Summary Judgment
  • Judgment as a Matter of Law and the Motion for a New Trial
  • Jury Trials
  • New Trial
  • Appeals
  • Preclusion Doctrine
    • Claim Preclusion
    • Issue Preclusion


  • Subject Matter Jurisdiction
    • In General
    • Diversity Jurisdiction
    • Federal Question Jurisdiction
    • Removal Jurisdiction
    • Supplemental Jurisdiction
  • Personal Jurisdiction
    • In Personam Jurisdiction
    • In Rem Jurisdiction
    • Quasi In Rem Jurisdiction
    • Specific Jurisdiction
    • General Jurisdiction
  • Notice and Service of Process 
  • Venue
    • Local and Transitory Actions
    • Venue in State Court
    • Venue in Federal Court
    • Changes of Venue
    • Forum Non Conveniens 
  • Erie Doctrine

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