Uniform Rules For Federal Civil Lawsuits Established

1937

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are adopted, creating one system of procedures that applies to all civil cases conducted in federal court. Before the adoption of these rules, federal courts treated cases differently depending on whether the relief sought by the plaintiff was “legal” (such as monetary damages that punish the defendant for his or her conduct) or “equitable” (where the defendant is ordered to stop engaging in certain conduct).