Individual Jurisdictions

Law Commission of Canada

Website of the Law Commission of Canada, an independent federal agency set up in 1997 to advise Parliament on reforming the laws of Canada. The Commission lost its funding in 2006, but its website has been archived by Library and Archives Canada. Reports produced while the Commission was active are still available in the Resources section of the site, under the heading “Reading Room”. Information about the work of the Commission is also provided.

Government of Canada

Official website of the Canadian Government. Includes an alphabetical directory of federal government websites and a set of links to provincial and territorial government sites. The Publications and Reports page is a portal to Canadian government publications and information about them. The site is available in French or English.

Parliament of Australia

The Australian Parliament website has information from the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Parliamentary Library. The documents available include bills, parliamentary debates, standing and sessional orders and a full list of members of both houses. The Information and Research section contains historical lists of members of parliament, governors and prime ministers; election results; factsheets; and procedural guides. The Publications page includes, among other things, an index to parliamentary papers from 1992 onwards.

United States Legal Resources

Substantial set of annotated links to US law websites, compiled by the University of Washington School of Law. Covers both state and federal law. The federal law links are divided into three broad categories: US laws, Legislation and Congress; US Court Opinions, Court Rules, Other Judicial Material and the Courts; US Rules, Regulations, Administrative Decisions, the President and Agencies.

United States Courts

Official site offering information about the US federal judiciary and the judicial process. Provides court forms and rules, a glossary of legal terms, court statistics and information about how to access court records. Educational resources on the site include a guide to the federal courts and an overview of the structure of the US judicial system. There is also a biographical directory of judges, a court locator facility and a news page.

USA.gov

USA.gov is the main portal to US federal, state and tribal government information on the web. It offers an A-Z of government departments (with links), a directory of web-based government services and contact details for all sorts of government bodies. The Explore Topics section includes a Public Safety and Law page with links to courts and legislatures and a Reference and General Government page with links to official publications, statistics, a glossary of federal government abbreviations, laws and other materials.

United States House of Representatives

The website of the US House of Representatives includes schedules of debates and committee hearings, information about votes and current bills and a directory of Representatives. The full text of current and older bills can be accessed via links to the Library of Congress’s Thomas website. The United States Code, which is produced by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House, is also available, together with links to individual public laws (1995 to date and 1789 to 1875).

FindLaw Cases and Codes

Findlaw is a US website owned by Thomson Reuters. Its Cases and Codes section provides free access to federal case law, the US Constitution and the US Code (a compilation of federal laws in force). State constitutions, state case law and some state codes are also available, together with materials such as bills and city ordinances. The case law files typically go back to the 1990s, but the US Supreme Court opinions go back to 1893.

Researching the law of Latin America

Online guide to Latin American law written by Teresa Miguel who is the author of several books and articles and was a public defender between 1994 and 2002. The guide was published in 2010 (and updated in 2014) on the Globalex website and made freely available by the Hauser Global Law School Program at the New York University School of Law. The author gives an introduction to the legal systems of Latin American jurisdictions and provides annotated links to useful web resources for finding the law of Latin American countries and the international law of Latin America.

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