Archivos de la categoría: Law

How much legal information is available online now?

Quite a bit of legal information is available online. You can access the text of all U.S. Supreme Court opinions, for example. You can also find most appellate court decisions state and federal after a certain date. But you still ...

What do we mean by an annotated code?

Annotated codes are important because they contain not only the text of the various laws (in the code) but they also provide annotations that give information about different legal sources that mention or cite different laws. For ...

How do you cite a statute or law?

Statutes are cited differently than cases. Federal statutes or laws consist of three primary elements: (1) a title number; (2) abbreviation for the federal code; and (3) the section number. For example, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 is an impo...

What is a citation for a judicial opinion?

An example of a citation for a judicial opinion is Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 466 (1966). This citation consists of the name of the case and the reporter in which the case can be found. More specifically, a case citation include...

Where are judicial opinions located?

Judicial opinions are located in sets of books called reporters. Most appellate court opinions are also available online. For example, U.S. Supreme Court opinions are located in the United States Reporters a legal reporter publish...

What is a judicial opinion?

A judicial opinion is a written document in which a judge or panel of judges explain the reasons for their rulings. Another way to describe a judicial opinion is as a written resolution of legal issues. Judicial opinions are impor...

How are legal authorities identified?

Legal authorities judicial opinions, statutes, regulations, ordinances, and others are identified by legal citations. When a lawyer cites or mentions a legal authority in a document filed before a court, he or she must provide the...