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Basic Free Legal Research: Statutory Law

Statutory Research

Statutory Publication Cycle

United States Code

Laws are organized and published topically in the United States Code

Don’t forget to check and see how current the codes are.  Also, when possible, you should always cite to the official USC.  USCA and USCS, the annotated codes published by Lexis and Westlaw are second runner ups.  

Statutes at Large

The Statutes at Large contain all the laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress. The Statutes at Large in print constitute legal evidence of the laws.
 
There is a 2-4 year lag in publication of statutes at large once the public law is enacted.  For more recent public laws, see the public and private laws made available through GPO FDsys.

Public/Slip Laws

A slip law (public or private laws) is the official publication of a law.  Public laws affect society as a whole.  Private laws affect individuas, families, or small groups.

Popular Name Tables

When you don't have a citation, and you are trying to locate a statute by it's popular name, use one of the popular name tables listed below.

New Jersey

Current Legislation

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