Criminal cases pit prosecutors against accused criminals who face possible fines or imprisonment. In contrast, most civil cases seek money damages.The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern all civil cases filed in the various district courts throughout the U.S. These rules provide for all aspects of civil cases, including how they are filed, conducted and final judgments are executed.
Follow the Bluebook
The legal profession has established customs for the format to be used when referring to various statutes, regulations and rules in writing, or citing them. These customs are compiled in The Bluebook and require that citations are abbreviated in a consistent manner. The Bluebook is published by the Harvard Law Review Association and can be accessed online with a subscription or purchased at The Bluebook website. The Nineteenth Edition of The Bluebook is available as a printed book from a number of online booksellers.