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3 Types of Laws

There are three types of law:    

  1. Case law, decided by the courts and found in publications such as U.S. Supreme Court Reports and U. S. Supreme Court Digest.

  2. Statutory law, decided by the legislature and printed in U.S. Statutes at Large, and U.S. Code.

  3. Administrative law, decided by administrative agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission and found in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations.

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  1. This searches for statutory and administrative law

  2. Under GPO Access click A-Z Resource List. From this list you can choose many different government publications.

  3. Sample searches

a.       Congressional Record 1994 forward (The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session.)

                        Choose simple search

                        Choose the year you want to search

                        Search “eminent domain” (Use quotation marks)

                        You can read the text or a summary.

b.      Congressional Bills

                        Search by key word (“eminent domain”).

    Search by bill number (S. 1895).

                        You can read the text or a summary.

c.       Federal Register

      Choose simple or advanced search

                    You can search by year, section, day and/or keyword.

                              You can read the text or a summary.


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