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Practice in Federal Court: A Guide for New Lawyers

Published in The New Lawyer Handbook

The fundamentals of practice and procedure in state and federal court are quite similar. Differences be­tween the two systems are often subtle, but an understanding of these differences is essential to the suc­cessful federal practitioner. To the extent possible, this chapter will not repeat the basic information con­tained in the chapters on civil and criminal procedure. Rather, it will concentrate on providing informa­tion specific to practice and proce­dure in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and, to a lesser extent, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. While much of this information is appli­cable to other courts as well, the practitioner should always investi­gate local practice and procedure when appearing in a new forum. Due to space limitations, this is nec­essarily a general treatment of the subject, but it should provide the new practitioner with either the in­formation needed or directions on where to look to find that informa­tion.

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