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Internet-Based Legal Research. Justice Teaching Institute April 24, 2006 Billie Blaine Supreme Court Librarian. Two broad types of Legal Research Resources. Primary Sources = THE LAW Statutes Constitutions Cases Regulations Secondary Sources = ABOUT THE LAW Law Dictionaries

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internet based legal research

Internet-Based Legal Research

Justice Teaching Institute

April 24, 2006

Billie Blaine

Supreme Court Librarian

two broad types of legal research resources
Two broad types of Legal Research Resources
  • Primary Sources = THE LAW
    • Statutes
    • Constitutions
    • Cases
    • Regulations
  • Secondary Sources = ABOUT THE LAW
    • Law Dictionaries
    • Legal Encyclopedias
    • Law Journal Articles
    • Treatises (books about a specific area of the law)
primary sources
Primary Sources
  • Statutes
    • Laws passed by legislatures (Florida Legislature,

United States Congress)

  • Constitutions
    • Florida Constitution, United States Constitution
  • Cases
    • Written opinions from courts (Florida Supreme Court, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • Regulations
    • Passed by agencies (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Environmental Protection Agency)
secondary sources
Secondary Sources
  • Law Dictionaries
    • Define legal terms
  • Legal Encyclopedias
    • Explain legal concepts
  • Law Journal Articles
    • Explain legal concepts
  • Treatises (books about the law)
    • Explain in detail broad or specific legal concepts
when doing internet legal research always consider
When doing Internet legal research, always consider:
  • Source/reliability
  • Coverage
  • Currency
  • Searching capabilities
legal research resources available on the internet
Legal Research Resources available on the Internet
  • More primary sources available, compared to secondary sources
  • Secondary sources not always reliable
useful websites
Useful websites
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Florida CyberCourt
  • JTI Internet Bibliography
  • Google, Yahoo, other search engines
2006 case hilton v state
2006 Case: Hilton v. State

Relevant Sources

  • Hilton v. State, 29 Fla. L. Weekly D1475 (Fla. 2d DCA June 18, 2004)
  • Hilton v. State, 901 So. 2d 155 (Fla. 2d DCA Feb. 16, 2005)
  • U.S. Const. amend. IV
  • Fla. Stat. § 316.610(1) (2001)
  • Fla. Stat. § 316.2952 (2001)
  • United States v. Cashman, 216 F.3d 582 (7th Cir. 2000)
  • Wis. Admin. Code § Trans. 305.34(3) (1997)
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5 DCA’s, geographically located

20 Judicial Circuits

67 counties

hilton v state 29 fla l weekly d1475 fla 2d dca june 18 2004
Hilton v. State, 29 Fla. L. Weekly D1475 (Fla. 2d DCA, June 18, 2004)
  • Click on Florida Supreme Court site.
  • Click on Florida State Courts System.
  • Click on District Courts.
  • Click on Second District Court of Appeal.
  • Click on Opinions.
  • Click on June 18, 2004.
  • Case not found!
hilton v state 901 so 2d 155 fla 2d dca feb 16 2005
Hilton v. State, 901 So. 2d 155 (Fla. 2d DCA, Feb. 16, 2005)
  • Hit back button twice.
  • Click on Feb. 16, 2005.
  • Click on Hilton v. State.
  • Look at second paragraph.
  • Previous decision withdrawn.
u s const amend iv
U.S. Const. amend. IV
  • Click on U.S. Constitution from the National Constitution Center.
  • Click on double right arrow in upper right corner.
  • Click on Amendment IV.
fla stat 316 610 1 2001
Fla. Stat. § 316.610(1) (2001)
  • Click on Online Sunshine under Florida Statutes.
  • Look for Chapter 316.
  • Click on title XXIII.
  • Click on Chapter 316.
  • Click on § 316.610.
  • Look for § 316.610(1).
fla stat 316 2952 2001
Fla. Stat. § 316.2952 (2001)
  • Click on Chapter 316.
  • Click on § 316.2952.
united states v cashman 216 f 3d 582 7 th cir 2000
United States v. Cashman, 216 F.3d 582 (7th Cir. 2000)
  • Click on Federal Courts Finder.
  • Click on the 7th Circuit on the map.
  • Click on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Click on Opinions (far left column).
  • Under Locate a Document by Person, enter Cashman in the Last Name or Corporation box.
  • Click on Search for Person.
  • Click on Opinion.
wis admin code trans 305 34 3 1997
Wis. Admin. Code § Trans. 305.34(3) (1997)
  • Click on link for Administrative Codes under Other States’ Resources.
  • Click on Wisconsin under Law by Source: State.
  • Click on Administrative Code under Regulations and Other Agency Material.
  • Type trans 305.34 in top left box.
  • Look at § 305.34(3).
what if you re looking for information but have no specific citation
What if you’re looking for information, but have no specific citation?
  • Use the information you do have to find more specific information.
  • Do a quick Google search.
  • Include state, if you know.
  • Include party names, if you know.
  • Include issue or subject matter.
  • Be as specific as you can.
  • Example: florida cracked windshield case