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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Self Help Links

If you are looking for legal information, try the following resources:

Family Law Facilitator The Family Law Facilitator, Gretchen Serrata is an attorney available to help all parents/parties, who are not represented by attorneys, and who have questions concerning family law matters, such as issues about child support, spousal support, health insurance, paternity and the visitation process, and community resources to help families. The Facilitator can help you in preparing your own forms and can give you general information. The Facilitator cannot go with you to court.

California Courts Self-Help Center

The State Bar of California

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION AND CODES

Official California Legislative Information

L.A. County Law Library, CA Ballot Propositions

California Secretary of State Elections Division

CALIFORNIA CASES

California Courts Links to all California Courts; Judicial Counsel forms; Supreme Court opinions, Courts of Appeal opinions; information on judges

FindLaw California: Case Law California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal cases from 1934 forward

CACourts: California appellate cases can be searched by either text-search or official citation (e.g., ?14 Cal. 4th 627? or ?51 Cal. App. 4th 1410?). This database spans the entire collection of official California case law (starting in 1850). 

CALIFORNIA AGENCY MATERIALS

California Code of Regulations Access to current regulations of California agencies. Searchable by agency or key word.

State Web Page Agency List Official California State web page includes a list of all California agencies with contact information. Go to "Quick Hits" and click on State Agency Index.

MUNICIPAL CODES/ORDINANCES

Institute of Government Studies Library The IGS Library (U.C. Berleley) maintains a large depository collection of local ordinance codes and charters issued by California cities and counties.

Book Publishing CompanyExtensive collection of municipal codes available via the Internet.

Seattle Public Library Extensive collection of municipal codes available via the Internet.

American Legal Publishing Corporation Municipal codes for a number of cities in a number of states.

FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE MATERIALS

U.S. Constitution Full test of U.S. Constitution and Amendments as well as a list of the signers.

THOMAS - U.S. Congress on the Internet Federal legislative information including the text and status of bills, some hearings and reports, and the Congressional Record.

GPO Access: Official Federal Government Information Federal government information including the U.S. Code and the Code of Federal Regulations.

FEDERAL CASES

Supreme Court of the United States Official U.S. Supreme Court site. Docket information on the current term and the full text of Supreme Court decisions.

Legal Information Institute Cornell Law School, LII offering links to the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Code, Supreme Court opinions and information by legal topic. Supreme Court cases from 1990 to the present by issue

Federal Judiciary Homepage: News and Information of the Federal Courts Links to all federal courts. Offers information on the federal judiciary

Ninth Circuit HomepageOfficial home page for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Includes a handbook for pro se litigants. Access to 9th Circuit opinions

FEDERAL AGENCY MATERIALS

Access GPO The U.S. Government Printing Office disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal Government.

Code of Federal Regulations Current CFR searchable by citation, by keyword or by using the detailed table of contents.

List of Federal Agencies Offer contact and other information for federal agencies.

LEGAL DIRECTORIES

The State Bar of California The State Bar's Member Records Online database provides information on all attorneys license to practice in California, including disciplinary information. Also, Internet links to legal resources.

Martindale-Hubbell® Lawyer Locator National and international listings of attorneys. Searchable by name, jurisdiction and/or speciality.

LawOffice.com Attorney directory searchable by specialty, state, or type of practice (corporate, etc.)

California Legal Specialists Search for legal specialists certified by the California State Bar and other accrediting institutions.

LEGAL FORMS

California Courts: Forms California Judicial Council forms. Some are mandatory; some suggested. Printable and fillable online.

California Secretary of State Business Portal Information for and about California businesses: starting a business, registering trademarks, and many business forms.

Los Angeles Superior Court - Forms Local forms used for filing civil actions in Los Angeles Superior Court. Many other courts have their local forms available on their web sites (All California court web sites can be found at www.courtinfo.ca.gov

U.S. Court Forms Huge selection of both business and legal forms. Many are free, but some require payment.

Legal Docs Includes many legal forms, including many at no cost, for contracts, leases, wills, estate planning, corporations, living will, trusts and living trusts.

FedForms Forms for hundreds of Federal agencies: i.e. EPA, Dept. of Justice, and the Treasury Department.

The 'Lectric Law Library Legal Forms Room Large collection of business, personal and law practice forms.

LEGAL NEWS AND JOURNALS

The National Law Journal A national legal news publication.

LLRX.com Articles on new legal developments on the Internet. Of special interest to librarians as it publishes articles evaluating new resources and offering internet legal research tips.

Legal Journals On The Web The University of Southern California Law Library, lists all types of legal periodicals and notating availability in abstracts or full-text on the Internet. Also offers an e-journal locating service.

Court TV Online Information on current newsworthy cases and controversies. Also includes a Crime Library of famous cases.

MEGA SITES

FindLaw One stop shopping for federal and state law. Probably best known law site on the Internet.

Hieros Gamos Megasite with links to federal and state legal information and a wide range of foreign countries.

Internet Legal Resource Guide An index to thousands of legal sites on the Internet. Includes a forms archive.

The Virtual Chase: Legal Research on the Internet Started and maintained by a law librarian, includes articles on interest to legal researchers and a number of guides on conducting particular types of legal research on the Internet.

NEVADA COUNTY RESOURCES

Nevada County Superior Court Includes the Local Rules of Court of the Superior Court of California, County of Nevada.

Nevada County Bar Association Lists local attorneys by practice of law.

Tahoe-Truckee Bar Association

Nevada County Recorders Office Search county Fictitious Business Documents and Recorded Documents.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

California County Law Libraries The Council of California County Law Librarians website to online access of legal resources.

Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) Offers links to internet resources.

Los Angeles County Law Library Excellent starting place for legal research. Offers research guides, links to legal research sites, and California ballot proposition information.

Sacramento County Public Law Library Offers links to legal resources and legal research guides.

San Diego County Public Law Library Home Page Offers links to resources and services and a number of research guides.

San Francisco Law Library Home Page Offers links to legal resources on the internet and legal research guides.

Alameda County Law Library Offers links to legal resources available on the internet.

DICTIONARIES AND SECONDARY SOURCES

Nolo Self-Help Law Plain English Legal Center offers Nolo's legal encyclopedia and legal dictionary.

LawOffice.comLegal Event Legal Guide provides information on many topics of interest to consumers. Access to Black's Law Dictionary, 7th edition (abridged) and links to legal resources on the internet.

LII: Law about... Cornell's Legal Information Institute has an extensive list of topics. Each gives an overview of the area of law and links to important primary sources in that field.

FindLaw - Law, Lawyers and Legal Resources The megasite for legal research. Links to statutes, cases, and regulations for all 50 states and some foreign countries. Offers information on a variety of legal subjects.

The 'Lectric Law Library Reference Room Legal encyclopedia and 'Lectric Law Lexicon'

United States Law Guide Library of Congress guide to U.S. law. Gives good overview of how federal law is made and links to various sources of law.


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