Statutory Research. A guide to finding laws. What are Statutes?. Statutes, also known as laws, are passed by either: The U.S. Congress [federal statutes]; or State legislatures [state statutes]. Rules & Regulations. Rules and regulations are NOT the same as statutes
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A guide to finding laws.
Statutes, also known as laws, are passed by either:
An annotation is a comment or explanation
Ex: Our client is accused of putting a poisonous substance into the river. We would look up “Poisons” and then look for the subtopic “Waters and Waterways.” Always work from general to narrow. The index contains multiple subheadings to help lead you to the narrow issue at hand. Here, the main issue is the alleged poisoning.
Ex: Florida’s statutes relating to family law are found in Title XLIII entitled “Domestic Relations.” However, if you were to look in the General Index of the Florida Annotated Statutes under “family law,” the index would ask you to look under “Domestic Relations.”
17 U.S.C. § 1201 (2000 & Supp. ? 2001)
§ 859.01, Fla. Stat. (2003). Florida Statutes are codified and printed every year.
§ 857.102, Fla. Stat. Ann. (2000 & Supp. 2004).
Note the way in which the supplement is cited to.
Art V, § 3(b)(3), Fla. Const.
U.S. Const. preamble.
U.S. Const. art. I, § 9, cl. 3.
U.S. Const. amend. XIV, § 1.