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Civil procedure refers generally to the rules that control all aspects of civil trials. Civil litigation in federal courts is governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), which is a comprehensive set of rules enacted in 1938 (though it has been significantly revised). Congress authorized the United States Supreme Court to promulgate the FRCP under the Rules Enabling Act of 1934. [28 U.S.C. § 2072 (1934)] Most states have adopted some version of the FRCP, but keep in mind that specific rules may vary from state to state. This outline is based primarily on the FRCP, as well as relevant statutes and constitutional provisions.
Jurisdiction and Venue
Jurisdiction is a court’s authority to hear and decide a case. A federal court must have subject matter jurisdiction over the controversy and personal jurisdiction over the parties. A federal court may also have supplemental jurisdiction or removal jurisdiction over certain cases. Venue is the location where a...