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Civil procedure can be defined as the rules that define conduct in civil court trials. Federal courts have rules and procedure separate from state courts; although, the state process often mirrors the federal process. Civil procedure for civil trials is different from criminal procedure for criminal trials. Legal researchers interested in criminal procedure should consult the Criminal Procedure Course Guide. This guide compiles primary authority sources and then directs the researcher to secondary sources. This guide also features Study Aids that students may find useful to supplement learning in law school courses.