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Free Online Legal Resources: California and Federal Codes and Case Law

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California Codes:  Keyword searchable of current California codes and constitution

California Case Law:  Keyword searchable

Free Internet Access to California Appellate Briefs (Briefs are not law. Briefs are written by the parties’ lawyers to persuade the appellate court to rule in their cleints’ favor, and on important issues briefs may also be filed by amicus curiae, persons or organizations who are not parties to the action but voluntarily file briefs to assist a court in deciding the matter before it.)

California Judicial Council Forms
Access to mandatory and optional court forms provided by Judicial Council of California, such as form Complaints, form Answers

California Rules of Court
Database is viewable only in sections, no keyword searching.  There are  links to local superior court rules.

California Jury Instructions

California Jury Instructions

Local Court Rules for Los Angeles County

California Courts Self Help Center
A resource for forms and information on a variety of topics, including divorce, name changes, traffic and small claims matters.

Los Angeles County Superior Court
Contains information on court locations, civil and criminal matters (including case summaries), small claims, and traffic disputes.

Los Angeles Municipal Code
Database searchable by keyword, Table of Contents or section browsing. Also includes Administrative Code and other related codes.

Los Angeles County Code
Database is searchable by keyword or Table of Contents.


United States Code
Database searchable by keyword or title and section number.

Thomas – US Congress on the Internet
Full-text searchable database of federal bills, public laws, legislative history information and the Congressional Record.

Federal Case Law
Full-text searchable federal appellate court and US Supreme Court decisions.

Code of Federal Regulations
Searchable database of federal agency regulations by keyword or title and section number.

PACER.org  (Public Access to Federal Court Electronic Records)
Docket information (for a fee) for pending federal cases. View Index of documents filed and select documents to view for a very  small fee. Updated daily.


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