Local Rules Law and Legal Definition

Local rules refer to a particular set of rules for each court governing matters not determined by the Federal Rules of Procedure. Local rules reflect the courts' traditional authority to manage their own affairs so as to achieve the orderly and expeditious disposition of cases.

In the U.S., “the Supreme Court and all courts established by act of Congress may from time to time prescribe rules for the conduct of their business. Such rules shall be consistent with acts of Congress and rules of practice and procedure”. [28 USCS § 2071]

Pursuant to USCS Fed Rules Civ Proc R 83, “a district court acting by a majority of its district judges, can after giving public notice and an opportunity for comment, adopt and amend rules governing its practice”. A local rule must be consistent with federal statutes and rules. Additionally, a local rule must conform to the uniform numbering system prescribed by the Judicial Conference of the U. S. A local rule takes effect on the date specified by the district court and remains in effect until amended by the court or abrogated by the judicial council of the circuit. Copies of rules and amendments must be furnished to the judicial council and the Administrative Office of the U. S. and be made available to the public.