Online Legal research using the Internet started in 1995. Prior to 1995 it was possible to do legal research but only by using paid commercial legal databases like, Westlaw and Lexis/ Nexis. Earlier there used to be a time when one had to call up government offices by phone for getting any information. But today most government information is published online and available for free. These include,
- Attorney Directories
- Federal, State and Local Court Forms
- Federal and State Tax Forms
- Corporate Registered Agent Information
- Wire Service News Reports
- Federal, State and Local Codes & Regulations
- U.S. Supreme Court cases
- Real-time SEC Filing Information
Online versions of all major news papers are also made available on the Internet along with all old archives. Other online sources available on the Internet including, state cases, public records, docket information and federal cases. Other resources of legal research to find citations and annotations include legal encyclopedias, treatises, and ALR (American Law Reports) reviews and periodicals. Interpretations of the law is also available on internet.
During legal research one has to one to link a statute to the bill from which it has developed and read the commentary surrounding it’s approval. Shepard’s Citations provides such references to cases and law review articles that were cited by different source.
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