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Free Online Legal Research

This Guide describes a wide range of online legal research resources. It covers primary law, government resources, research guides, reference sources, forms, and legal news.

California Ballot Measures

Local Government Research

California Public Records

California Bills & Legislation

California Courts & Case Law

Below are sites that also provide access to California case law:

California Regulations


State Court Materials

The availability of state court documents online varies widely by court. Please see the article by Rachel Samberg linked below for further information on this topic.

You may have to register and pay for online access; for example, the Los Angeles Superior Court has an online system but requires registration and payment for searches and downloaded documents. See link below.