World Wide Web: Courts
You are putting together pleadings to be filed immediately. Suddenly, you realize you require the local court rules for another jurisdiction. Should you hop in your car and race to the Law Library? If you have access to the Internet, simply log onto: http://www.ncsc.dni.us/COURT/SITES/courts.htm#state .This website, hosted by the National Center for State Courts, links the user to state courts on the web, in addition to federal and international court related websites.
Another site for federal court information is: http://www.uscourts.gov ,linking the net savvy surfer to the 11 federal circuit courts. Ohio Lawyers Weekly also hosts a valuable website: http://www.ohlawyersweekly.com/ . This site, in addition to providing links to court rules, also connects the user to city ordinances, the Ohio Revised Code and a regularly updated link featuring the ten most practical websites for lawyers chosen by the editors. In addition to the free information on this website, special services are available to those who subscribe to the newspaper. Only subscribers may access Ohio Supreme Court dockets and a judicial directory.
Though these websites prove extremely helpful in gathering much needed information, the lack of uniformity from court website to court website can be frustrating. Some court sites provide a wealth of information including docket sheets, court rules, instructions to juries and opinions.
Others, however, simply list the courts hours of operation, holidays, telephone numbers and addresses. A terrific resource to help the surfer sift through the overwhelming amount of information regarding court websites is: http://www.llrx.com/extras/webpacers.htm . This web article, written by Keating Muething & Klekamp Law Librarian, Mary Lynn Wagner, offers both links to the courts available on the web and a brief synopsis of each website listed.
After reading this article, check out the Law Library Resource Xchange, http://www.llrx.com. This Web journal focuses on issues affecting legal research. For example, it updates the reader on government activities regarding technology and highlights specialized websites for legal researchers.
Together, these websites should empower net surfers to find needed court information effectively and efficiently.
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Compilations of State Laws
Martindale Hubbell Law Digests is commonly used for accessing the laws of various states and includes citations but may not have sufficient detail. The Library has a variety of sources detailing a specific area of the law in all 50 states. While the information may be in summary form, it will provide a starting place for subject specific research on other states, or when comparing the laws of several states.
State Compensation Laws [Text Room KF3490.Z95 S72] by The CCH Editorial staff. This book " … is a compilation of the many wage and hour laws, presented in full text, of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Topical coverage includes minimum wage, equal pay, maximum hours and overtime, meal and rest periods, legal holidays, wage payment, prevailing wage, industrial homework, and child labor." This is logically organized and a good resource for the practitioner faced with an employment issue in another state.
Sales and Use Tax Deskbook [Text Room KF6767.A4] edited by D. Michael Young . . . et al. of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. This book is updated annually, providing sales and use taxes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each section is authored by practitioners from their respective states.
http://www.nationaltitleinformation.ctt.com/index.shtml Providing information on real estate title law in all 50 states, the site offers six drop-down menu choices. The first choice is Forms; containing policies, endorsements, state forms, and documentation execution. The second option is Recording; including recording data, state summaries, additional data, and newsletters. The third focuses on UCC; offering UCC filing data, collateral charts, filing facts, statutes, and newsletters. The fourth details Taxes; providing mortgage and transfer tax information. The fifth offers Real Estate laws and customs, as well as fund distribution. The final menu choice is Title Digests by state. This site is maintained by two title insurance companies and is free but requires registration.
ALR [Main Room KF132.A546] often provides a "Jurisdictional Table of Cited Statutes and Cases" just after the Table of Contents for the annotation. For example, When Is Instrument Issued or Transferred for "Value" under UCC §3-303 at 77 ALR 5th 429, 435-447 includes citations for 36 states plus the District of Columbia. Another source for similar information is Uniform Laws Annotated [Text Room KF 165.A5]. State cases are included in the "Notes of Decisions."
http://www.defect.com This website deals with state lemon laws. While the site doesn’t provide a link to the respective statutes, it does provide the citation for each state. In addition the site addresses lemon laws as they relate to Magnuson-Moss Warranty – Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act and the Uniform Commercial Code.
Libel Defense Resource Center 50-State Survey Media Privacy and Related Law; Employment Libel and Privacy Law; and Media Libel Law [Text Room KF1266.Z95]. These three books outline their particular subject in all 50 states. The outlines include general law, basic elements, fault publication, privileges and defenses. Both leading cases and important statutes are discussed.
Guide to State and Federal Drug-Testing Laws Eighth Edition by Mark A. de Bernardo and Nancy N. Delogu [Reference KF3540.G84]. "This book summarizes the statutes and significant state case law which addresses drug testing by private-sector employers for all 50 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as for cities which have enacted relevant statutes." Six specific types of drug testing and any related restrictions or voluntary incentives are covered. Statutes that set out drug-testing procedural requirements as well as employee administrative and judicial remedies are included. Employer exposure to criminal and civil liability and other laws affecting drug testing are discussed. Summaries of related workers’ and unemployment compensation statutes and cases are available. Relevant Federal laws, rules and cases are provided . Summaries of significant court decisions include case citations.
Subject Compilations of State Laws: An Annotated Bibliography by Cheryl Rae Nyberg [Reference KF 1.N93]. This series of annotated bibliographies lists references surveying state statutes. The entries vary from a footnote with a bare list of citations to a law review or ALR article discussing the provisions and differences in detail. Each volume lists citations to compilations published in a particular year or series of years. Although the value of an old compilation may be limited, the series began with a volume covering 1979-1983 and continues through the 1998-1999 volume. A subscriber website is planned to offer more up to date information and easier searching.
The Cincinnati Law Library has a variety of materials both general and specific. As a last resort, if we are unable to find a compilation or survey in the area on which you are focusing, we have the Codes and Digests for each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.