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 Please note - This list of online resources is intended to help provide access to resources that may be of assistance to patrons. Nothing contained in this list should be considered to be legal advice. No site listed should be considered to be providing legal advice or relied on without consulting an attorney. Only a licensed attorney may provide legal advice. 

General Legal Research Portals

Findlaw
Findlaw provides two starting points. One is labeled for the Public, which provides an Attorney Search feature as well as background information on many areas of Law- such as Criminal Law, Estate Planning, and Immigration Law. The other is labeled for Legal Professionals, and provides links to Federal and State case law and codes, legal news, and other resources of interest to the legal community.

Guide to Law Online
Law Library of Congress site that is a collection of links to federal, state, and international legal resources put together by the Library of Congress.

Public Library of Law
Cases from all 50 states back to 1997, federal statutory law and codes from all 50 states, regulations, court rules, constitutions, and more. Registration is required but content is free.

The Sacramento County Public Law Library Online Resources
A short list of links to selected Primary Resources for Sacramento, California, and Federal codes, case law, and court rules.

Washlaw Web – Legal Research on The Web
Washburn University School of Law site provides links to sources of caselaw, codes, forms, and other legal resources.

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Federal Law

AltLaw
http://www.altlaw.org/
Free, full-text searchable database of Supreme Court and Federal Appellate case reports.

Constitution of the United States
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/constitution/index.html

The U.S. Government Printing Office makes the Constitution available online in both text and .pdf format.

US Constitution
http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/constitution/
Findlaw provides a searchable version of the U.S. Constitution, with annotations

Search the United States Code
http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.shtml
The Office of the Law Revision Counsel U.S. Code site allows searching the laws passed by the U.S. Congress by word, title, subtitle, and other features.

US Code
http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/uscodes/
Findlaw site that allows searching the laws passed by the U.S. Congress by keyword, title, and section.

Code of Federal Regulations
http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/cfr.html
Findlaw site that allows searching of the rules made by agencies of the federal government by keyword, title, and subpart.

Code of Federal Regulations
http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html
The National Archives and Records Administration provides access to the Code of Federal Regulations with search features as well as direct access to individual Titles in both text and .pdf format.

Supreme Court of the United States Opinions
http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/opinions.html
Official US Supreme Court site offers recent Supreme Court opinions, a case citation finder and information on other sources for Supreme Court opinions.

Supreme Court Opinions Since 1893
http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html
Findlaw's US Supreme Court site provides recent opinions for browsing and can search opinions since 1893.

United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/
The Homepage for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes California, provides some Opinions and Other Court Information.

United States District Court Eastern District of California
http://www.caed.uscourts.gov/caed/staticOther/page_455.htm/
The homepage of the Eastern District, which includes Yolo County, provides some recent opinions as well as court rules, the court calendar, and other court information

Resources by Jurisdiction- U.S. District Courts
http://www.findlaw.com/10fedgov/judicial/district_courts.html
Findlaw site that provides links to the homepages for the different US District Courts.

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California State Law

A Guide for Accessing California Legislative Information on the Internet
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/guide.html
A starting point for legislative research with brief descriptions of the legislative process and glossaries of legislative terms and Internet terms, prepared by the Legislative Counsel for the State of California.

California Law
http://www.washlaw.edu/uslaw/states/California/
This portal put together by WashLaw provides links to California state court decisions, courts, state agencies, statutes, and legislation

California Courts Self-Help Center
http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/
Provides assistance and information for services available through the California court system.

California State Constitution
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/const.html
Search the California State Constitution by Keyword or browse by Article.

California Codes
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html
Search any or all of the 29 Codes of the State of California by Keyword or browse by Code.

Official California Legislative Information
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/
Provides daily updates of Assembly and Senate Bills, as well as information on bills pending before the California legislature.

California Case Law 1934-Present
http://www.findlaw.com/cacases/index.html
Findlaw service allows searching of California state Supreme Court and Appellate Court Opinions from 1934-present. The service is free, but requires registration.

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Municipal Codes

Yolo County Code
http://www.yolocounty.org/Index.aspx?page=432
Yolo County's Code is available in .pdf format.

Davis Municipal Code
http://www.ci.davis.ca.us/cmo/citycode/
City of Davis site allows searching the entire code and browsing by Chapter.

West Sacramento Municipal Code
http://qcode.us/codes/westsacramento/
Free Lexis-Nexis site allows searching the entire city code and browsing by Title

The Code of the City of Woodland, California
http://cityofwoodland.org/municipal_code/preface.htm 
City of Woodland site allows browsing by Chapter.

Sacramento Municipal Code
http://www.qcode.us/codes/sacramento/
The City of Sacramento Code can be searched and browsed by Chapters.

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Local Resources

Yolo Superior Court
Homepage for the state trial court for Yolo County, located in Woodland. Provides information about the court, court calendars, local forms, and information about fees, fines, and jury duty.

Yolo County Law Library
Provides hours, general information, contact information, and list of publications available at the public law library located in downtown Woodland.

UC Davis Law Library
Provides contact information, research guides, links to selected Internet sites, and access to the UC Davis Law Library catalog.

Sacramento County Public Law Library
Provides information about the public law library located in downtown Sacramento, online access to the library catalog, and links to resources.

Sacramento Superior Court Online Services
Allows searching the Sacramento County Court database by party name or case number for information on cases since 1989, and provides some tentative rulings when searching by department number.

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Forms

Please note – The legality of forms may vary from one jurisdiction to another. Please consult an attorney before relying on any forms obtained from any source.

Free Legal Forms Online
Legal-Kits.net provides basic legal and business forms in .rtf format that can be filled out and printed.

Forms Guru
Provides basic legal forms and business letters in .html format. Some forms are provided for free. There is a charge for many of the forms.

Legal Forms Archive
The Internet Legal Research Group provides free legal forms for personal and business uses in .html format. For a fee, the site allows you to download the forms in Microsoft Word.

Free Real Estate Forms
Max-Info.com provides free forms for buyers, sellers, and property managers in .html format.

California Courts: Forms
Forms used in California Courts from the Judicial Council of California. These forms are in .pdf format.

Yolo Superior Court Local Forms
Local forms used in the Superior Court of Yolo County, in .pdf format.

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Finding Legal Representation

Find A Lawyer
Findlaw site that allows you to search for an attorney by location and practice specialty. It also provides tips on how to choose an attorney and information on fees and costs.

Yolo County Bar Association
Provides a listing of the members of the Yolo County Bar Association, and has a Member Search that lists members by areas of practice.

The State Bar of California Attorney Search
Allows you to check an attorney's bar membership record and to search by county for a certified legal specialist.

The State Bar of California Lawyer Referral Services
Provides instructions on how to contact a certified lawyer referral service.

Research A Lawyer You Know
Findlaw site that allows you to research individual attorneys as well as law firms. Some information requires free registration.

LawHelpCalifornia.org
Provides contact information for legal aid organizations that can assist low-income individuals.

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International Law

Global Legal Information Network
Database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other resources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. Documents are submitted to the database in their original language. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and subject terms selected from a multilingual index.

Nations of the World
Law Library of Congress site that provides links to legal and governmental sites for the nations of the world.

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