Sonoma County Library

 

Legal Resources

This page lists websites for finding State and Federal law, doing legal research, and using the courts.
See the Government page and the Elections page for websites about elections and your elected officials.

General Sites

Public Resource
Free access to public documents, including court cases and decisions, building codes, and other records.

Legal Research on the Web
From Duke University. Good starting point for doing online legal research.
 

FindLaw
A great gateway to information about federal and state laws, law firms, forms, law schools, mailing lists for lawyers, legal news,etc. Also has a onestop search interface to search federal and state statutes and codes and the federal and state constitution. Now offers consumer oriented material.

Lawyers.com
From LexisNexis and Martindale-Hubbell. Includes Find a Lawyer and Ask a Lawyer sections.

Federal Law

US Code
From Cornell's great legal site.

Code of Federal Regulations
 

Federal Register
 

Thomas
Library of Congress' point of entry into finding out about current and recent legislative activity.
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Federal Courts

US Courts
From the Judicial Branch of the United States.

Federal Court Locator

RECAP Archive
Free access to court cases and decisions. Currently covers several hundred thousand US Federal court documents.
 

Supreme Court of the United States
The official web site has links to information about current cases, appearing before the court, and links to the slip opinions and orders of the court.

Supreme Court Case Lookups
From Findlaw.

Archive of Supreme Court cases
From Cornell. Great resource for finding those important cases fast. Current decisions and historic cases, by justice or by topic.
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State of California

California Laws & Regulations
Starting point for access to statutes and regulations, plus research and publications.

California State Bar - Public Services
Pamphlets and guides on topics such as Kids and the Law, Teenagers and the Law, Seniors and the Law. How to find an attorney, how to file a complaint against an attorney, how to use the Small Claims Court, and more.

California Legislative Info
Official California information on laws, bills, and the legislature. Search for bills in the State Assembly and Senate, or search all 29 codes of California laws. From the Legislative Counsel of the State of California.

California Code of Regulations
Index of topics in the left menu bar. From Westlaw.

California Codes and Statutes
Municipal Codes and Ordinances, California Law Revision Commission, the Constituion, State Statutes, and a good search interface to the California Code. From FindLaw.

California Courts
Information on every aspect of the court process, information for jurors, commissions, etc. Opinions of the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals in full-text.

California Courts Self-Help Center
Find information about doing your own legal work, finding a lawyer, or learn more about the legal process in California courts. Information on how to avoid using the court system as well. Lots of good links to other resources as well, including legal code, statutes, etc.

California Judicial Council Forms
From the California Courts Self-Help Center.

California Legal Forms
from FindLaw.
 
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Legal Reference Sites

Legal Dictionary
From the World Wide Web Legal Information Association.

ALSO! (American Law Sources On-line)
Provides a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links to all online sources of American law that are available without charge. Also contains links to Canadian and Mexican sites.

LawGuru.com
The place to look for answers to legal questions on Sexual Harassment, Disability Discrimination, Injuries at Work (Workers' Compensation), and Auto Accidents. Search 300+ legal search engines and tools from this one site.

The 'Lectric Law Library
Visit The Laypeople's Law Lounge, where "legalese" is made understandable. The Reference Room has the "Lawcopedia" and the Forms Room contains many legal and business forms.

The Legal Information Institute
Cornell Law School. Offers legal material by topic also.
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Sonoma County & Self-Help Legal Resources

Sonoma County Law Library
Information about using the library, links to legal aid services and lawyer referrals, information about County government and County courts and the Bar Association. Links to attorney assistant programs and the California State Bar as well.

Sonoma County Superior Court
Use this website to find court calendars, cases recently filed, and jury reporting instructions if you are on a jury.

Community Legal Resources
Links to information about Legal Aid, Legal Rural Assistance, and the Lawyer Referral program for the County. Good descriptions of the kind of assistance each service provides. From the County Law Library site.

California Courts Self-Help Center
Find information about doing your own legal work, finding a lawyer, or learn more about the legal process in California courts. Information on how to avoid using the court system as well. Lots of good links to other resources as well, including legal code, statutes, etc.

I-CAN! Legal
Fills out legal forms for you to print.  From the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. Free service; donations welcome.

EZ Legal File - Legal Paperwork Assistance
EZLegalFile from the California Superior Courts has been discontinued due to budget cuts. You can still use it to reach forms you previously completed on the site. For starting new forms, use I-CAN! instead.

LawHelp.org
Self-help legal information on a variety of topics, and referrals to low-cost legal help, by state and county.
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