Talk:Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

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Dec 1, 2007 changes[edit]

This is probably a larger undertaking than I have time for at present (hurray law school exams) but at some point soon the references to the FRCP should be updated to reflect the new "pain language" revisions that took effect Dec 1, 2007. Nskoch (talk) 02:09, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

Heh, I just finished my civ pro exam today, otherwise I'd get right on it. SWATJester Son of the Defender 04:08, 8 December 2007 (UTC)
Yes, and the overbearing new "electronic discovery" regime. bd2412 T 05:10, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

"It also allows relief in the alternative."[edit]

Does anybody understand this sentence? Up to this point, the article is very clearly written. --Northernhenge (talk) 07:57, 22 May 2008 (UTC)

According to answerbag, "Modern rules governing PLEADING in courts now specifically permit a party to demand relief in the alternative. This eliminates the harsh consequences of the rule of COMMON-LAW PLEADING that required a party to make one demand for one type of relief and to lose the case if a different remedy were more appropriate. Today, a party can ask for alternative forms of relief and recover what is later proved to be most appropriate at trial." --Northernhenge (talk) 10:44, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Wow, what a mess[edit]

This article, unfortunately, is a classic example of what's wrong with Wikipedia. A true tragedy of the commons problem. When no one owns an article, no one cares for it.

The basic problem is that the article tries to follow a rule-by-rule approach (like Moore's and Wright & Miller) which may be appropriate for a lengthy multi-volume treatise, but not for a brief encyclopedia article. A better approach would be to summarize the phases of American civil procedure (in order to help novices understand how it all fits together) and cite to the relevant rules along the way. That is, each sentence should be structured in terms of what a rule does, with a citation to the rule afterward, rather than Rule 1 does this, Rule 2 does this, etc, which sounds rather juvenile. Unfortunately, I don't have the time or patience or energy to spend five hours rewriting this mess! --Coolcaesar (talk) 17:44, 3 July 2009 (UTC)


There is porn of it.[edit]

Nowhere in the article does it mention the stipulation that on the internet, there is porn for any circumstance you can think of. Can we add this? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.98.161.78 (talk) 08:25, 23 May 2010 (UTC)

Just to clarify on this, it is known as "Rule 34 of the internet". It's probably not notable. 78.151.216.55 (talk) 20:01, 14 July 2010 (UTC)
This is due to an unfortunate redirect: Rule 34, which is an Internet meme, redirects here, as a result of a badly-thought out compromise in the AFD for that Article. Someone searching on "Rule 34," looking for an explanation of the Internet meme, will now be redirected to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. It was a bad disposition for that AFD, but there you have it. A better solution would be to have deleted Rule 34 and salted the page to prevent its recreation, if necessary. TJRC (talk) 20:52, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
(additional info) I've opened an RFD to either delete the redirect or to point it to Request for production. See Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2010 July 22. TJRC (talk) 00:40, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Pleadings and motions[edit]

I was thinking it would be a good idea to include Petitions for writs of Habeas Corpus under pleadings and motions. I'll add a link at the end of the article, in any case. I'm thinking of prisoners who might be looking for guidelines. There are specific rules for amending filings as well, etc. Might be helpful to add those. Malke 2010 (talk) 22:59, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

Not sure that's a good idea. For one thing, Wikipedia is not a "how to" site. See core policy WP:NOT. Also, prisoners in the U.S. generally can't access the Internet, as far as I am aware of. Unless they're using smuggled mobile phones, which is illegal. --Coolcaesar (talk) 08:13, 14 September 2011 (UTC)