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From the inception, the Federal Civil Rules Handbook has aimed to bridge the ravine between a simple, austere reprinting of the Rules, and costly but exhaustive multivolume treatises exploring the Rules in comprehensive depth. The handbook occupies the middle-ground – a reprinting of the Rules accompanied by a sensibly comprehensive compendium of practical, quickly-accessed distillations of the Rules in operation; an affordable, annually current, predictably organized, single-volume, easily referenced tool for understanding and applying the Federal Civil Rules.
Our format remains familiar. The handbook begins with an introduction to general concepts in federal practice, addressing issues such as personal and subject matter jurisdiction, removal, venue, and issue and claim preclusion. Then, each rule is discussed in turn, beginning with the current rule text, followed immediately by author commentary to that rule and its subparts. The commentary distills each rule's “Purpose and Scope”, summarizes the “Core Concept” of each rule's various subsections, and culminates in easily accessed textual discussions of the rule's subparts in “Applications” – including helpful citations from the Supreme Court, the Federal Courts of Appeals, and the District Courts.
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