Virtual Reference Desk Now Open to the Public

Access to justice for all is a priority to the Law Library and is even more critical in times of crisis. Due to the continued threat posed by the coronavirus, the Law Library will continue to limit on-site access to attorneys and their staff, subscribers, government employees and press. Attorneys may meet with clients on site, but the facility will remain closed the general public until further notice.

However, members of the public are welcome to contact the library’s Virtual Reference Desk for research assistance while we remain closed to the public due to the pandemic.

Please be advised, we cannot give legal advice. We cannot answer your legal question.

Here’s what we can do:

Send sections of the Ohio Revised Code, complete with lists of cases and explanations, called Annotations.

  • Yes: “Please send me ORC 2921.13 with cases” (If you would like the cases and explanations, please let us know. Otherwise we will only send the statute)
  • Yes: “Please send me the statute on Criminal Trespass”
  • No: “Here are the facts of my case. Please send me the laws that apply”
  • No: “I was arrested and want to know my rights”

Send legal articles that explain a topic, called treatises. A full list of treatises and their Tables of Contents can be found below.

 

  • YES: “Can I have section 1:13-1:18 in the DUI law book?”
  • YES: “Can I have the Multi-Count Uniform Traffic Ticket form in the DUI book?
  • NO: “What does the law say about DUIs?”
  • NO: “Can you send me the entire book?”
  • NO:  “My landlord said X Y and Z and I don’t think that’s right. Can he do that?”
  • NO: “My husband and I are getting divorced. Can you send me the forms I need?”
Perform searches in our proprietary databases with terms you provide.
 
  • Yes: “Can you send me cases and treatises that talk about a dog biting an intruder?”
  • Yes: “Can you send me an example of a motion to dismiss?”
  • Yes: “Can you send me cases and treatises that talk about a landlord evicting a tenant as pay-back for complaining?”
  • No: “Here are the facts of my case. Please send me cases with similar facts.”
  • No: “What form do I need to file for divorce?”
  • No: “Can you find me cases that say this?”
Please note, library staff may not interpret the law or provide legal advice. It is our pleasure to provide access to information resources that will help you research your legal issue and reach your own conclusion.
 
To contact our Virtual Reference Desk, email reference@cms.hamilton-co.org Monday-Friday from 7am-4pm or call 513-946-5300.