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Law library staff members compiled the following list of selected web sites. These are sites thought to be reliable and to contain information potentially useful to legal researchers. Many of these sites contain links to additional useful sites (not always in description). There is no charge to use these sites. This list is current through January 30, 2009, but the Internet is in a constant state of growth and change; the library makes no warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy or timeliness of information contained herein or on the web sites.

SITES DESIGNED FOR SELF REPRESENTED LITIGANTS

  1. http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/ & http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/espanol/
    California Courts Online Self-Help Center. Basic procedural information for self-represented litigants in California Superior Court. Links to Judicial Council forms. Fully bilingual in English & Spanish; some information also available in Chinese, Korean & Vietnamese. also available in Chinese, Korean & Vietnamese.
  2. http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/
    California Courts Online Self-Help Center. Basic procedural information for self-represented litigants in California Superior Court. Links to Judicial Council forms. Fully bilingual in English & Spanish; some information also available in Chinese, Korean & Vietnamese. also available in Chinese, Korean & Vietnamese.
  3. http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/Pages.aspx/Representing-Yourself
    Alameda County Self-Help Site Map. Links to self-help information prepared by the Alameda County Superior Court.
  4. Legal dictionaries at http://dictionary.law.com/ from ALM and at http://www.legal-dictionary.org/ from Legal Dictionary.
  5. http://lawhelpca.org/
    Law Help California. Links to legal self-help information and legal aid organizations.
  6. http://www.nolo.com
    Nolopedia: Nolo Press Self-Help Law Center. Provides general legal, financial, and practical information for non-attorneys.

LEGAL INFORMATION INDEX SITES AND SEARCH ENGINES

  1. http://www.law.cornell.edu
    Cornell Legal Information Institute. Links to sources of state and federal law, legal citation information, and Wex, LII's legal glossary.
  2. http://findlaw.com
    Findlaw. Provides access to legal information, news, and a nationwide attorney directory.
  3. http://www.hg.org
    Worldwide Legal Directories. Links to United States and foreign legal websites, legal services, employment resources, and attorney directories.
  4. http://www.lexisweb.com
    LexisWeb Search Engine. Simultaneously searches LexisNexis content and legal websites that meet the criteria of LexisNexis editors for "valid, authoritative legal content," including government websites, legal blogs, and general legal websites.
  5. http://law.lexisnexis.com/infopro/zimmermans
    Zimmerman's Research Guide, An Online Encyclopedia for Legal Researchers by Andrew Zimmerman.

LEGAL INFORMATION CONTENT SITES

ALAMEDA COUNTY

  1. http://www.acgov.org/law/
    Homepage of the Alameda County Law Library. Links to the library catalog, MCLE programs, legal databases, forms, and legal research guides.
  2. http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/
    Homepage for the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.
  3. http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/Pages.aspx/DomainWeb
    DomainWeb includes information about General Civil, Probate and Family Law cases. Images of documents for General Civil cases can be viewed and printed. Images are also available for Probate cases for documents filed after January 31, 2006.
  4. http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/pages.aspx/tentative-rulings
    Tentative rulings. Prior to the hearing of a law and motion matter, the Court may issue a tentative ruling. Tentative rulings are available on the Internet and by telephone.
  5. http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/Resources/Documents/2008%2011-21-08_Civil%20Records%20Move%20Announcement.pdf
    Guide to locating civil, probate, family, small claims, and criminal court documents filed in Alameda County Superior Court. Reach the Court Records Management Office at (510) 891-6005.
  6. http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/Pages.aspx/Local-Rules(1)
    Local rules for Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.
  7. http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/Pages.aspx/Phone-Fax-Numbers
    Phone and fax numbers for Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.
  8. http://www.acgov.org/clerk/admincode.htm
    Alameda County Administrative Code/Ordinance Code and Charter.

CALIFORNIA

  1. http://www.washlaw.edu/uslaw/states/california.html
    WashLaw. Mega California site containing links to legislative, judicial, and executive branches plus agencies and forms.
  2. http://www.lexisnexis.com/clients/CACourts/
    Searchable California Supreme Court and Appellate opinions (1850-present). Supported by LexisNexis.
  3. http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/rules/
    California Rules of Court. Full-text of the California Rules of Court.
  4. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html
    California Codes. Code volumes searchable by keyword.
  5. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html
    California Bill Information. Retrieve full-text of bills introduced from (1993-present) and accompanying votes, committee analyses and veto messages.
  6. http://www.calregs.com/linkedslice/default.asp?SP=CCR-1000&Action=Welcome
    California Code of Regulations. Full-text of the California Code of Regulations, maintained by West for the OAL.
  7. http://www.ss.ca.gov
    California Secretary of State. Links to ballot measures, election results, UCC filings, incorporation information, agents for service of process.
  8. http://www.calbar.ca.gov
    State Bar of California. Includes recent ethics opinions, California attorney membership records, attorney complaint hotline.
  9. www.courts.ca.gov/documents/vexlit.pdf (PDF - 656KB)
    The VEXATIOUS LITIGANT LIST is "Prepared and Maintained by the Administrative Office of the Courts From Pre-filing Orders Received from California Courts ( Orders prohibiting future filings entered through March 2, 2012).
  10. http://www.sdap.org/downloads/Style-Manual.pdf (PDF - 11.9MB)
    California Style Manual: A Handbook of Legal Style for California Courts and Lawyers, 4th ed.

FEDERAL

  1. http://www.usa.gov
    U.S. Government home page. Links to federal information on public and private web sites. Search by topic or agency.
  2. U.S. Constitution at http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html
  3. http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.shtml
    United States Code. Browse or search the current version of the U.S. Code.
  4. http://thomas.loc.gov
    Legislative Information from the Library of Congress. Congressional bill summaries & status- retrieve by bill number, keyword, or sponsor.
  5. http://www.gpoaccess.gov/databases.html
    U. S. Government Printing Office Online Resources. Provides access to Congressional Record, (1995-); Federal Register, (1995-); Code of Federal Regulations (1996-).
  6. http://www.supremecourtus.gov
    Official web site of the United States Supreme Court. View full-text Supreme Court opinions, oral arguments, and orders.
  7. http://www.uscourts.gov
    Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Links to U.S. circuit & district court home pages, federal rules, and federal forms.

LEGAL FORMS

  1. http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/forms
    California Judicial Council Forms. Fillable Judicial Council forms certified for use in California Superior Courts.
  2. http://turbocourt.com
    An interactive program that will help you fill out the California forms necessary to start a case or respond to a case about family law, civil collection, small claims, unlawful detainer (evictions), domestic violence (currently undergoing system maintenance), guardianship, child support services or modification, solicitud de child support services, and sheriff evictions.
  3. http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/forms/index.shtml
    Alameda County Superior court forms. Links to frequently-used forms prepared by the Alameda County Superior Court.
  4. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/legal-pleading-paper-28-lines-TC103992040.aspx
    Pleading paper with 28 lines. Download 28 line pleading paper available through Microsoft Word.



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