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Professor Daniel J. Donovan  -  CCRI

Email:ddonovan@ccri.edu

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Law Links Revised and Updated June 2013

Here are some links to Law-Related websites that students may find useful in their courses (especially Legal Research & Writing). These links include Rhode Island State Law sources, Federal Law sources, and Government Agencies Websites. All links are set to come up in a new window on your browser (which you can enlarge and then close) so that this website is always active in its original window. For some of these websites, you will need Adobe Reader to read files that are in Portable Document Format (pdf), which you can download free. 

Rhode Island State Law Sources
Federal Law Sources
Government Agencies Websites
Miscellaneous Law-related Websites

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RHODE ISLAND STATE LAW SOURCES

  • Rhode Island General Laws On-Line
        This is part of the RI General Assembly Website. It contains an on-line version of the statutes of the state (General Laws of Rhode Island), which can be searched by title (subject area) and word search.
  • Rhode Island Public Laws 2013
    This part of the RI General Assembly Website contains the Public Law for the 2013 legislative session starting in January 2013. These laws may add to, delete from, or amend sections of the General Laws of Rhode Island.   
  • Rhode Island Public Laws 2012
       This part of the RI General Assembly Website contains the Public Law for the 2012 legislative session starting in January 2012. These laws may add to, delete from, or amend sections of the General Laws of Rhode Island.   
  • Rhode Island Public Laws 2011
        This part of the RI General Assembly Website contains the Public Law for the 2011 legislative session starting in January 2011. These laws may add to, delete from, or amend sections of the General Laws of Rhode Island.
  • Rhode Island Constitution.
        This is also part of the RI General Assembly Website.
  • Rhode Island Judiciary Web Site
        This website has information on each of the courts in Rhode Island such as jurisdiction, addresses and phone numbers, court filing fees, etc.
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court Decisions 
        This is part of the RI Judiciary Website. This page contains R.I. Supreme Court decisions for the court terms from 1999 to the present. The opinions are grouped by the annual court term which begins in October of each year. Adobe Reader is needed for this website, which you can get free by clicking on the link above.
  • Rhode Island Superior Court Decisions
        The R.I. Superior Court is a general state trial court.  In some cases, but not all, the judge in a case issued a written opinion. Starting in 2000, the court has been placing these written decisions on the RI Judiciary Website. Adobe Reader is needed for this website.
  • Rhode Island Administrative Agencies Rules and Regulations
         The R.I. Secretary of State's Office has placed all current administrative agency regulations on-line as of March 21, 2002. Adobe Reader is needed for this website.
     

FEDERAL LAW SOURCES

  • United States Constitution
        This is part of Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute (LII)
  • United States Code
        This is also part of the Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute (LII) and allows you to search federal statues that are part of the United States Code.
  • United States Supreme Court Decisions
        This is part of Findlaw.com service and contains Supreme Court decisions back to 1893.
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
        The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is located in Boston and handles all federal appeals from lower courts in this circuit including cases from the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. .
  • Code of Federal Regulations
        This is also part of Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute and contains the compilation of federal administrative agency regulations.
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
        The U.S. District Court is a general federal trial court for both civil and criminal matters. There is only one U.S. District Court in Rhode Island. This website for the court contains general information plus opinions of the judges, rules of procedure, and some downloadable forms.
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island
        This court website has access to bankruptcy rules, forms, opinions and information about bankruptcy cases. Most of the website is freely accessible, but bankruptcy information involves registration and a fee for access.
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
        This is also part of Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute, but it is somewhat hard to find on the LII website menus.
  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
        Again part of the Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute, and it is very difficult to find on their website.
  • Federal Rules of Evidence
        The Federal Rules of Evidence were the model for the R.I. Rules of Evidence adopted in 1987, but there are a number of differences in the sets of rules.

,GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WEBSITES

  • Rhode Island General Assembly
        This web site contains various information about the legislature and its activities, including the RI General Laws, RI Public Laws and proposed legislation.
  • Rhode Island Secretary of State
        This web site contains state information and links to other web sites
  • Rhode Island Corporations Online Database
        The R.I. Secretary of State's Office has an online database of information regarding corporations and other business entities registered with that office.  Check on business names and find out information (such as the registered agent) at this searchable website.
  • Rhode Island Corporation Forms
        Download forms from the Corporations Division of the R.I. Secretary of State's Office.  Adobe Acrobat required.
  • Rhode Island Probate Court Forms
        Probate Court forms are available in Adobe Acrobat format through the Secretary of State's website.
  • Rhode Island Division of Taxation
        This site gives citizens access to information and forms regarding state taxation
  • Rhode Island Attorney General's Office Web Site
        This web site contains information about the divisions and functions of the state's Attorney General's Office. It also contains Attorney General Advisory Opinions back to 1995.
  • Internal Revenue Service On-Line
        This web site gives citizens access to most IRS publications and forms which can be downloaded for use.
  • Federal Legislative Information
        This is the Thomas website (named after Thomas Jefferson), a service of the Library of Congress with information on new federal laws and Congressional activities.

MISCELLANEOUS LAW-RELATED WEBSITES

  • Findlaw Legal Dictionary
        This website is part of Findlaw.com and allows you to search through the Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Law (1996)
  • Martindale Hubbell Lawyer Locator
        This is a service of the well known Martinadale Hubbell Law Directory and allows you to locate lawyers by name, firm, location, and practice areas.

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