TITLE I. APPLICABILITY OF RULES

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SCOPE OF RULES; TITLE 1    
Scope of Rules 1(a)    
Rules Not to Affect Jurisdiction [Abrogated] 1(b)    
Title 1(c)    
SUSPENSION OF RULES 2    

TITLE II. APPEAL FROM A JUDGMENT OR ORDER OF A DISTRICT COURT

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APPEAL AS OF RIGHT -- HOW TAKEN 3 3  
Filing the Notice of Appeal 3(a)    
Joint or Consolidated Appeals 3(b)    
Contents of the Notice of Appeal 3(c)    
Serving the Notice of Appeal 3(d)    
Payment of Fees 3(e)    
APPEAL FROM A JUDGMENT OF A MAGISTRATE JUDGE IN A CIVIL CASE [Abrogated] 3.1    
APPEAL AS OF RIGHT -- WHEN TAKEN 4    
Appeal in a Civil Case 4(a)    
Appeal in a Criminal Case 4(b)    
Appeal by an Inmate Confined in an Institution 4(c)    
Mistaken Filing in the Court of Appeals 4(d)    
APPEAL BY PERMISSION 5 5  
Petition for Permission to Appeal 5(a)    
Contents of the Petition; Answer or Cross-Petition; Oral Argument 5(b)    
Form of Papers; Number of Copies 5(c)    
Grant of Permission; Fees; Cost Bond; Filing the Record 5(d)    
APPEAL BY LEAVE UNDER 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)(5) [Abrogated] 5.1    
APPEAL IN A BANKRUPTCY CASE FROM A FINAL JUDGMENT, ORDER, OR DECREE OF A DISTRICT COURT OR A BANKRUPTCY APPELLATE PANEL 6    
Appeal From a Judgment, Order, or Decree of a District Court Exercising Original Jurisdiction in a Bankruptcy Case 6(a)    
Appeal From a Judgment, Order, or Decree of a District Court or Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Exercising Appellate Jurisdiction in a Bankruptcy Case 6(b)    
BOND FOR COSTS ON APPEAL IN A CIVIL CASE 7    
STAY OR INJUNCTION PENDING APPEAL 8    
Motion for Stay 8(a)    
Proceeding Against a Surety 8(b)    
Stay in a Criminal Case 8(c)    
Procedures in Death Penalty Cases Involving Applications for Immediate Stay of Execution and Appeals in Matters in Which the District Court Has Either Entered or Refused To Enter a Stay   8  
Documents Required   8.1  
Panels   8.2  
Motions to Vacate Stays   8.3  
Emergency Motions   8.4  
Merits   8.5  
Consideration of Merits   8.6  
Vacating Stays   8.7  
Mandate   8.8  
Stays of Execution Following Decision   8.9  
Time Requirements for Habeas Petitions   8.10  
RELEASE IN A CRIMINAL CASE 9 9  
Release Before Judgment of Conviction 9(a)    
Release After Judgment of Conviction 9(b)    
Criteria for Release 9(c)    
Release Before Judgment of Conviction   9.1  
Release After Judgment of Conviction   9.2  
Required Documents   9.3  
Service   9.4  
Response   9.5  
THE RECORD ON APPEAL 10 10  
Composition of the Record on Appeal 10(a)    
The Transcript of Proceedings 10(b)    
Statement of the Evidence When the Proceedings Were Not Recovered or When the a Transcript Is Unavailable 10(c)    
Agreed Statement as the Record on Appeal 10(d)    
Correction or Modification of the Record 10(e)    
Appellant's Duty to Order the Transcript   10.1  
Form of Record   10.2  
Transcript Purchase Order     foll. 10.2
FORWARDING THE RECORD 11 11  
Appellant's Duty 11(a)    
Duties of Reporter and District Clerk 11(b)    
Retaining the Record Temporarily in the District Court for Use in Preparing the Appeal 11(c)    
[Abrogated] 11(d)    
Retaining the Record by Court Order 11(e)    
Retaining Parts of the Record in the District Court by Stipulation of the Parties 11(f)    
Record for a Preliminary Motion in the Court of Appeals 11(g)    
Duties of Court Reporters   11.1  
Requests for Extensions of Time   11.2  
Duty of the Clerk   11.3  
Transcript Monitoring     foll 11.3
DOCKETING THE APPEAL; FILING A REPRESENTATION STATEMENT; FILING THE RECORD 12 12  
Docketing the Appeal 12(a)    
Filing a Representation Statement 12(b)    
Filing the Record, Partial Record, or Certificate 12(c)    

TITLE III. REVIEW OF A DECISION OF THE UNITED STATES TAX COURT

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REVIEW OF A DECISION OF THE TAX COURT 13    
How Obtained; Time for Filing Notice of Appeal 13(a)    
Notice of Appeal; How Filed 13(b)    
Contents of the Notice of Appeal; Service; Effect of Filing and Service 13(c)    
The Record on Appeal; Forwarding; Filing 13(d)    
APPLICABILITY OF OTHER RULES TO THE REVIEW OF A TAX COURT DECISION 14    

TITLE IV. REVIEW OR ENFORCEMENT OF AN ORDER OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCY, BOARD, COMMISSION, OR OFFICER

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REVIEW OR ENFORCEMENT OF AN AGENCY ORDER--HOW OBTAINED; INTERVENTION 15 15  
Petition for Review; Joint Petition 15(a)    
Application or Cross-Application to Enforce an Order; Answer; Default 15(b)    
Service of the Petition or Application 15(c)    
Intervention 15(d)    
Payment of Fees 15(e)    
Docketing Fee and Copy of Orders - Agency Review Proceedings   15.1  
Proceedings for Enforcement of Orders of the National Labor Relations Board   15.2  
Proceedings for Review of Orders of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission   15.3  
Proceedings for Review of Orders of the Benefits Review Board   15.4  
Time for Filing Motion for Intervention   15.5  
BRIEFS AND ORAL ARGUMENT IN A NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD PROCEEDING 15.1    
THE RECORD ON REVIEW OR ENFORCEMENT 16    
Composition of the Record 16(a)    
Omissions From or Misstatements in the Record 16(b)    
FILING THE RECORD 17 17  
Agency to File; Time for Filing; Notice of Filing 17(a)    
Filing--What Constitutes 17(b)    
STAY PENDING REVIEW 18    
Motion for a Stay 18(a)    
Bond 18(b)    
SETTLEMENT OF A JUDGMENT ENFORCING AN AGENCY ORDER IN PART 19    
APPLICABILITY OF RULES TO THE REVIEW OR ENFORCEMENT OF AN AGENCY ORDERS 20    

TITLE V. EXTRAORDINARY WRITS

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WRITS OF MANDAMUS AND PROHIBITION, AND OTHER EXTRAORDINARY WRITS 21 21  
Mandamus or Prohibition to a Court: Petition, Filing, Service, and Docketing 21(a)    
Denial; Order Directing Answer; Briefs; Precedence 21(b)    
Other Extraordinary Writs 21(c)    
Form of Papers; Number of Copies 21(d)    

TITLE VI. HABEAS CORPUS; PROCEEDINGS IN FORMA PAUPERIS

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HABEAS CORPUS AND SECTION 2255 PROCEEDINGS 22 22  
Application for the Original Writ  22(a)    
Certificate of Appealability 22(b)    
Cross Reference to 5th Cir. R. 27.3 Concerning Emergency Motions     foll. 22(b)
CUSTODY OR RELEASE OF A PRISONER IN A HABEAS CORPUS PROCEEDING 23    
Transfer of Custody Pending Review 23(a)    
Detention or Release Pending Review of Decision Not to Release 23(b)    
Release Pending Review of Decision Ordering Release 23(c)    
Modification of the Initial Order on Custody 23(d)    
Cross Reference to 5th Cir. R. 9.2 for Procedures Governing Applications for Release     foll. 23(d)
PROCEEDINGS IN FORMA PAUPERIS 24    
Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis 24(a)    
Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis on Appeal or Review of an Administrative-Agency Proceeding 24(b)    
Leave to Use Original Record 24(c)    

TITLE VII. GENERAL PROVISIONS

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FILING AND SERVICE 25 25  
Filing 25(a)    
Service of All Papers Required 25(b)    
Manner of Service 25(c)    
Proof of Service 25(d)    
Number of Copies 25(e)    
Facsimile Filing   25.1  
Electronic Filing   25.2  
Electronic Noticing   25.3  
Cross Reference to 5th Cir. R. 39.2 for Allowable Mailing Costs     foll. 25.3
COMPUTING AND EXTENDING TIME 26 26  
Computing Time 26(a)    
Extending Time 26(b)    
Additional Time after Service 26(c)    
Computing Time   26.1  
Extensions of Time   26.2  
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT 26.1 26.1.1  
Who Must File 26.1(a)    
Time for Filing; Supplemental Filing 26.1(b)    
Number of Copies 26.1(c)    
MOTIONS 27 27  
In General 27(a)    
Disposition of a Motion for a Procedural Order 27(b)    
Power of a Single Judge to Entertain a Motion 27(c)    
Form of Papers; Page Limits; and Number of Copies 27(d)    
Oral Argument 27(e)    
Clerk May Rule on Certain Motions   27.1  
Single Judge May Rule on Certain Motions   27.2  
Emergency Motions   27.3  
Form of Motions   27.4  
Motions to Expedite Appeal   27.5  
Typeface and Type Styles for Motions   foll. 27.5
General Standards for Ruling on Motions     foll. 27.5
Distribution     foll. 27.5
To Judges     foll. 27.5
Emergency Motions     foll. 27.5
Motions After Assignment to Calendar     foll. 27.5
Post-Decision Motions     foll. 27.5
Extension of Time To File Petition for Rehearing or Leave To File Out of Time      foll. 27.5
Stay or Recall of Mandate     foll. 27.5
Motions To Amend, Correct, or Settle the Judgment     foll. 27.5
Remand from Supreme Court of the United States     foll. 27.5
BRIEFS 28 28  
Appellant's Brief 28(a)    
Appellee's Brief 28(b)    
Reply Brief 28(c)    
References to Parties 28(d)    
References to the Record 28(e)    
Reproduction of Statutes, Rules, Regulations, etc. 28(f)    
Reserved 28(g)    
Reserved 28(h)    
Briefs in a Case Involving Multiple Appellants or Appellees 28(i)    
Citation of Supplemental Authorities 28(j)    
Briefs--Technical Requirements   28.1  
Briefs--Contents   28.2  
Brief--Order of Contents   28.3  
Supplemental Briefs   28.4  
Signing the Brief   28.5  
Pro Se Briefs   28.6  
Miscellaneous Brief Information     foll. 28.6
Acknowledgment of Briefs     foll. 28.6
Sample Briefs and Record Excerpts     foll. 28.6
Checklist Available     foll. 28.6
Cross-Appeals 28.1    
Applicability 28.1(a)    
Designation of Appellant 28.1(b)    
Briefs 28.1(c)    
Cover 28.1(d)    
Length 28.1(e)    
Time to Serve and File a Brief 28.1(f)    
BRIEF OF AN AMICUS CURIAE 29 29  
When Permitted 29(a)    
Motion for Leave to File 29(b)    
Contents and Form 29(c)    
Length 29(d)    
Time for Filing 29(e)    
Reply Brief 29(f)    
Oral Argument 29(g)    
Time for Filing Motion   29.1  
Contents and Form   29.2  
Length of Briefs   29.3  
Denial of Amicus Curiae Status   29.4  
Cross Reference to 5th Cir. R. 31.2 for Time for Filing     foll. 29.4
APPENDIX TO THE BRIEFS 30 30  
Appellant's Responsibility 30(a)    
All Parties' Responsibilities 30(b)    
Deferred Appendix 30(c)    
Format of the Appendix 30(d)    
Reproduction of Exhibits 30(e)    
Appeal on the Original Record Without an Appendix 30(f)    
Record Excerpts/Appendix - Appeals from District Courts, the Tax Court, and Agencies   30.1  
Appendix--Agency Review Proceedings   30.2  
SERVING AND FILING BRIEFS 31 31  
Time to Serve and File a Brief 31(a)    
Number of Copies 31(b)    
Consequence of Failure to File 31(c)    
Briefs--Number of Copies; Computer Generated Briefs   31.1  
Briefs--Time for Filing Briefs of Intervenors or Amicus Curiae   31.2  
Briefs--Time for Mailing or Delivery to a Commercial Carrier   31.3  
Briefs--Time for Filing   31.4  
Limits on Extensions of Time to File Briefs     foll. 31.4.4
FORM OF BRIEFS, APPENDICES, AND OTHER PAPERS 32 32  
Form of a Brief 32(a)    
Form of an Appendix 32(b)    
Form of Other Papers 32(c)    
Signature 32(d)    
Local Variation 32(e)    
Typeface   32.1  
Type Volume Limitations   32.2  
Certificate of Compliance   32.3  
Motions for Extra-Length Briefs   32.4  
Rejection of Briefs and Records Excerpts   32.5  
Cross Reference to 5th Cir. R. 30 Form of Record Excerpts/ Appendix     foll. 32.5
APPEAL CONFERENCES 33    
Cross Reference to 5th Cir. R. 15.3.5 Regarding Prehearing Conferences     foll. 33
ORAL ARGUMENT 34 34  
In General 34(a)    
Notice of Argument; Postponement 34(b)    
Order and Contents of Argument 34(c)    
Cross-Appeals and Separate Appeals 34(d)    
Nonappearance of a Party 34(e)    
Submission on Briefs 34(f)    
Use of Physical Exhibits at Argument; Removal 34(g)    
Docket Control   34.1  
Oral Arguments   34.2  
Submission Without Argument   34.3  
Number of Counsel To Be Heard   34.4  
Expediting Appeals   34.5  
Continuance of Hearing   34.6  
Recording of Oral Arguments   34.7  
Criminal Justice Act Cases   34.8  
Checking In with Clerk's Office   34.9  
Submission Without Argument   34.10  
Time for Oral Argument   34.11  
Additional Time for Oral Argument   34.12  
Calling the Calendar   34.13  
Screening     foll. 34.13
Decision Without Oral Argument     foll. 34.13
Court Year Schedule     foll. 34.13
Judge Assignments     foll. 34.13
Panel Selection Procedure     foll. 34.13
Separation of Assignment of Judges and Calendaring of Cases     foll. 34.13
Preparation and Publishing Calendars     foll. 34.13
General     foll. 34.13
Calendaring by Case Type     foll. 34.13
Preference Cases     foll. 34.13
Non-preference Cases     foll. 34.13
Calendaring for Convenience of Counsel     foll. 34.13
Number of Cases Assigned     foll. 34.13
Advance Notice     foll. 34.13
Forwarding Briefs to Judges     foll. 34.13
Pre-Argument Preparation     foll. 34.13
Identity of Panel     foll. 34.13
Oral Argument     foll. 34.13
Presenting Argument     foll. 34.13
Lighting Signal Procedure     foll. 34.13
Appellant's Argument     foll. 34.13
Appellee's Argument     foll. 34.13
Appellant's Rebuttal     foll. 34.13
Case Conferences and Designation of Writing Judge     foll. 34.13
EN BANC DETERMINATION 35 35  
When Hearing or Rehearing En Banc May Be Ordered 35(a)    
Petition for Hearing or Rehearing En Banc 35(b)    
Time for Petition for Hearing or Rehearing En Banc 35(c)    
Number of Copies 35(d)    
Response 35(e)    
Call for a Vote 35(f)    
Caution   35.1  
Form of Petition   35.2  
Response to Petition   35.3  
Time and Form - Extensions   35.4  
Length   35.5  
Determination of Causes En Banc and Composition of En Banc Court   35.6  
Petition for Rehearing En Banc     foll. 35.6
Extraordinary Nature of Petitions for Rehearing En Banc     foll. 35.6
The Most Abused Prerogative     foll. 35.6
Handling of Petition by the Judges     foll. 35.6
Panel Has Control     foll. 35.6
Requesting a Poll     foll. 35.6
Requesting a Poll on Court's Own Motion     foll. 35.6
Polling the Court     foll. 35.6
Negative Poll     foll. 35.6
Affirmative Poll     foll. 35.6
No Poll Request     foll. 35.6
Capital Cases     foll. 35.6
ENTRY OF JUDGMENT; NOTICE 36    
Entry 36(a)    
Notice 36(b)    
INTEREST ON JUDGMENT 37    
When the Court Affirms 37(a)    
When the Court Reverses 37(b)    
FRIVOLOUS APPEAL--DAMAGES AND COSTS 38    
COSTS 39 39  
Against Whom Assessed 39(a)    
Costs For and Against the United States 39(b)    
Costs of Copies 39(c)    
Bill of Costs: Objections; Insertion in Mandate 39(d)    
Costs on Appeal Taxable in the District Court 39(e)    
Taxable Rates   39.1  
Nonrecovery of Mailing and Commercial Delivery Service Costs   39.2  
Time for Filing Bills of Costs   39.3  
PETITION FOR PANEL REHEARING 40 40  
Time to File; Contents; Answer; Action by the Court if Granted 40(a)    
Form of Petition; Length 40(b)    
Copies   40.1  
Limited Nature of Petition for Panel Rehearing   40.2  
Length   40.3  
Time for Filing   40.4  
Necessity for Filing     foll. 40.4
Capital Cases     foll. 40.4
MANDATE: CONTENTS; ISSUANCE AND EFFECTIVE DATE; STAY 41 41  
Contents 41(a)    
When Issued 41(b)    
Effective Date 41(c)    
Staying the Mandate 41(d)    
Stay of Mandate--Criminal Appeals   41.1  
Recall of Mandate   41.2  
Effect of Granting Rehearing En Banc   41.3  
Issuance of Mandate in Expedited Appeals or Mandamus Appeals   41.4  
When Mandate Issues, Generally and Specific Instances     foll. 41.4
VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL 42 42  
Dismissal in the District Court 42(a)    
Dismissal in the Court of Appeals 42(b)    
Dismissal by Appellant   42.1  
Frivolous and Unmeritorious Appeals   42.2  
Dismissal for Failure to Prosecute   42.3  
Dismissals Without Prejudice   42.4  
SUBSTITUTION OF PARTIES 43    
Death of a Party 43(a)    
Substitution for a Reason Other Than Death 43(b)    
Public Officer: Identification; Substitution 43(c)    
CASE INVOLVING A CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTION WHEN THE UNITED STATES OR THE RELEVANT STATE IS NOT A PARTY 44    
CLERK'S DUTIES 45 45  
General Provisions 45(a)    
Records 45(b)    
Notice of an Order or Judgment 45(c)    
Custody of Records and Papers 45(d)    
Location   45.1  
Release of Original Papers   45.2  
Office To Be Open   45.3  
Office Hours and Phone Numbers     foll. 45.3
ATTORNEYS 46 46  
Admission to the Bar 46(a)    
Suspension or Disbarment 46(b)    
Discipline 46(c)    
Admission and Fees   46.1  
Suspension or Disbarment   46.2  
Entry of Appearance   46.3  
Disciplinary Action     foll. 46.3
Duties of Court Appointed Counsel     foll. 46.3
LOCAL RULES BY COURTS OF APPEALS 47    
Local Rules 47(a)    
Procedure When There Is No Controlling Law 47(b)    
OTHER FIFTH CIRCUIT RULES   47  
Name, Seal and Process   47.1  
Sessions   47.2  
Circuit Executive, Library and Staff Attorneys   47.3  
Bankruptcy Appeals   47.4  
Publication of Opinions   47.5  
Affirmance Without Opinion   47.6  
Calendaring Priorities   47.7  
Attorney's Fees   47.8  
Rules for the Conduct of Proceedings Under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act, 28 U.S.C. 351 et seq.   47.9  
Rule Governing Appeals Raising Sentencing Guidelines Issues 18 U.S.C. 3742   47.10  
MASTERS 48    
Appointment; Powers 48(a)    
Compensation 48(b)    
OTHER INTERNAL OPERATING PROCEDURES     foll. 48
Judicial Council     foll. 48
Judicial Conference     foll. 48
Lawyers Advisory Committee     foll. 48
Recusal or Disqualification of Judges     foll. 48
Special Panels and Cases Requiring Special Handling     foll. 48
Corporate Reorganization--Chapter 11     foll. 48
Criminal Justice Act Plan     foll. 48
Certified Records for Supreme Court of the United States     foll. 48
Building Security     foll. 48

APPENDIX OF FORMS

Form

  1. Notice of Appeal to a Court of Appeals From a Judgment or Order of a District Court.
  2. Notice of Appeal to a Court of Appeals From a Decision of the United States Tax Court.
  3. Petition for Review of Order of an Agency, Board, Commission or Officer.
  4. Affidavit Accompanying Motion for Permission to Appeal In Forma Pauperis.
  5. Notice of Appeal to a Court of Appeals From a Judgment or Order of a District Court or a Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.
  6. Certificate of Compliance with Rule 32(a).