In conformity with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, each district court may specify its own specialized procedural regulations. In the subsequent exhaustive study the myriad of such local federal rules are collected and categorized into twenty-one subsections for purposes of critical analysis. The objective is not only to collate the various disparate rules but also to evaluate their efficacy, with each category treated in terms of its own particularized raison d'etre. Attention is also directed toward those areas in which a national standard might profitably be considered, a factor which necessarily must be weighed against the desirability of local discretion. As such, this comment should be of interest to scholars and judges, in addition to practitioners, who are concerned with the development of procedural concepts in the federal courts.

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