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Legal News

Jurist- The best national legal newspaper online - University of Pittsburgh's daily legal paper.

Findlaw Legal News - Quick access to the most popular legal news of the last day or so.

CNN Law News - National coverage that tilts to the left.

Law.com's Newswire - Decent national coverage

National Law Journal - national legal news targeted toward larger firms.

Law Technology News - excellent news regarding keeping up-to-date in the latest legal technology.

Outstanding Research Sites

Findlaw: Lawcrawler - Best legal search engine online.

FindLaw: Internet Legal Resources - Best legal search engine online. Narrower search engine.

LawRunner: A Legal Research Tool - Solid legal search engine.

My Virtual Reference Desk: Law/Legal Information Resources - Another excellent site that has everything you might want to find.

Gavel to Gavel - many legal links. Good starting point.

Legal Information Institute - excellent research site from the Cornell Law School.

Nolo - Easy to read, simple explanations of different legal areas. Very general advice. Publishes series of legal books for lay people. Advocates self-help. Good starting point for lay people...but please, do not rely on this web page!

Indiana Legal Sites

Indiana Lawyer - Cooper LegalServices Law Library - "The premier web source on Indiana law."

IndianaLaw Journal - The Indiana Law Journal is published quarterly by students of the Indiana University School
of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.

Indiana Courts

Indiana Supreme Court 

the highest Court in Indiana.  This Court is the ultimate interpreter of disputed cases

 brought to appeal when constitutional issues or serious criminal penalties are involved.

Indiana Court of Appeals - hears most all cases appealed from lower courts (usually a trial court) except those specifically reserved for the Supreme Court.  This Court also reviews decisions of administrative agencies, including the Worker's Compensation Board, the Department of Workforce Development and the Utility Regulatory Commission.

Indiana Tax Court - hears any case that arises under the Indiana tax laws and that is an initial appeal of a final determination made by the Indiana Department of State Revenue or the Indiana Board of Tax Review. In addition, the Tax Court has jurisdiction over certain appeals from the Department of Local Government Finance. The Tax Court also hears appeals of inheritance tax determinations from the courts of probate jurisdiction (original tax appeals).

Indiana Trial Courts - usually is the first type of Court that will hear Civil or Criminal cases.  This page is trying to list all trial courts in Indiana (on a county-by-county basis).

Indiana City/Town Courts - usually hears cases involving city or town ordinances.  Keep in mind that many counties don't have a city or town court.  This page is trying to list all city/town courts in Indiana.

Indiana Judicial Opinions

JudicialOpinions Search - this site allows you to search recent case decisions handed down by the Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Tax Court.  Very useful!  Judicial opinions is the law...as interpreted by our judges in case decisions.

ALSO!--U.S.Law--Indiana--Sources - A great place to start your legal research. This site has links to Indiana legislation, Rules of Practice and Procedure, Administrative Law Sources, Law Reviews and Periodicals and Indiana court decisions.

Indiana Judicial Decisions - 1995-1996

Indiana Supreme Court Opinions - check out what case the Indiana Supreme Court handed down today.

Indiana Tax Court Opinions - decisions handed down by the state tax court.

Indiana Rules of Court and Forms

Indiana State Court Rules - comprehensive list of rules in html, word, and pdf format.

Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure - rules that governs most trials in Indiana.

Indiana Rules of Evidence - Did you know that not everything is heard or considered in a court case?  Here, find out what rules govern what evidence comes in and doesn't come in...

Indiana Rules of Criminal Procedure - even more specific rules for criminal matters.

Indiana Appellate Procedure Rules - rules to follow when you appeal or defend an appeal.

Indiana Local Trial Court Rules - some counties have even more specific rules for their courts.

Indiana State Court Administrative Rules - rules that govern case numbering, court reporters, storage of records, etc...

Indiana Rules of Small Claims - rules designed to simplify and expedite the court process in smaller matters.

Indiana Jury Rules - new rules re: juries.

Indiana Rules of Post-Conviction Remedies - governs what happenes next after most serious criminal convictions

Indiana Rules of Judicial Conduct - the rules that govern what a judge is supposed to do and not do

Indiana Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules - rules regarding mediation and arbitration.

Compacts that Indiana has with other States - agreements with other states.

Indiana State Code of Civil Law and Procedure: Title 34

Indiana State Code of Criminal Law and Procedure: Title 35


Indiana Legislative Branch

Constitution of the State of Indiana - Modeled after the U.S. Constitution, the Indiana Constitution is a great source of individual liberties.

Indiana Code - Where you can find the laws written by our state legislators...

Indiana Administrative Code - where Indiana's rules, regulations and orders are listed.

Indiana General Assembly - Bills, Calendars, Digest of Enactments, Enrolled Act - Here is where you can track legislation before it becomes law.

Indiana House of Representatives Legislator Listing

Indiana House Journals

Indiana House District Maps

Indiana Senate Legislator Listing

Indiana Senate District Maps

Indiana General Assembly Digests and full text of all bills pending

Indiana Legislative Bills

Indiana Legislative Rules

Indiana Legislative Calendars and Schedules

Indiana Legislative Resolutions

Indiana Legislative Archives of Past Sessions

Indiana Legislative Publications and Other Documents


Indiana Executive Branch

Indiana Governor

Indiana Lt. Governor

Indiana Attorney General's Office - This office represents Indiana in every lawsuit in which the state has an interest. The consumer division investigates written consumer complaints and maintains an excellent educational program that helps inform consumers of deceptive sales practices. At this site, some of the things you will find is information about Attorney General Opinions and Unclaimed property.

Indiana Auditor of State

Indiana Secretary of State

Indiana Treasurer of State

Indiana Department of Administration

Indiana Department of Education

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Indiana Department of Financial Institutions

Indiana Department of Health

Indiana Department of Insurance

Indiana Department of Labor

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Personnel

Indiana Department of Revenue

Indiana Department of Transportation

Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System

Indiana National Guard

Indiana Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture

Indiana Sex Offender Registry

Indiana State Library

Indiana State Police

Federal Legal Sites

Emory Law - United States Substantive Law - This site is a good starting point if you need to look up a federal case, court rule, regulation or something in the US Code.

U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library - Another good starting point for federal material.  Where you can find the laws written by our federal legislators in Congress...

Available CFR Titles on GPO Access - Here are the rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal government. The CFR is divided into 50 titles which represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each title is divided into chapters which usually bear the name of the issuing agency.

Federal Register - This is the official publication for Presidential Documents and Executive Orders, as well as Notices, Rules and Proposed Rules from Federal agencies and organizations.

FedWorld Information Network Home Page - This big boy is the online locator service for the huge inventory of information disseminated by the Federal Government. Don't get lost!

U.S. Probation Office - Southern Indiana - assists the Court in both probation and pretrial functions through investigating and supervising individuals charged with or convicted of Federal crimes.

Federal Courts

U.S. Supreme Court - the highest Court in the land.  Accepts very few cases.

7th Circuit Court of Appeal - For the most part, before the United States Supreme Court decides whether to take your case...your case must go before the United States Court of Appeals. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has jurisdiction over Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana!

U.S. District Court of Northern Indiana - similar to a state trial Court, but handles cases involving federal questions or larger sums of money.  This Court serves the northern half of Indiana.

U.S. District Court of Southern District of Indiana - similar to a state trial Court, but handles cases involving federal questions or larger sums of money.  This Court serves the southern half of Indiana.  IMO, this site sets a good example for other courts as this site provides case information, Local Rules, the Attorney Handbook, Guide to Jury Service, and the 7th Circuit Standards for Professional Conduct.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District - the Court that handles bankruptcies for persons and companies in northern Indiana.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District - the Court that handles bankruptices for persons and companies in southern Indiana.

Federal Judicial Opinions

Supreme Court Cases - Cornell University has most of the US Supreme Court cases online since 1990.

Federal Court decisions and rules - links to U.S. Supreme Court, Ct. of Appeals and some other major court decisions.

Federal Rules of Court and Forms


Federal Rules of Evidence - These rules help determine what evidence gets into the trial and what doesn't.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - These rules govern how a lawsuit must be conducted.

Northern U.S. District Rules (Indiana)

Northern U.S. District Forms (Indiana)

Southern U.S. District Rules (Indiana)

Southern U.S. District Forms (Indiana)

Southern U.S. District Recent Opinions (Indiana)

Northern District Bankruptcy Rules (Indiana)

Southern District Bankruptcy Rules (Indiana)

Southern U.S. District Case Information (Indiana)


Federal Legislative Branch

U.S.Constitution - the highest law of the land.

U.S.Code - the laws of the United States.

Codeof Federal Regulations - the rules set forth by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

TheFederal Register - official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents.

Thomas Databases - the best source of what our Federal representatives are up to.  Covers bills, votes, Congressional record, Committee Reports, etc...

Congress - links to anything that has to do with the U.S. Congress

CongressionalRecord - official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.

Catalogof U.S. Government Publications - so you have learned all about the Freedom of Information Act?  What good is it unless you know what information is out there.  Well, here ya go...  This source provides bibliographic records of U.S. Government information products. Use it to link to Federal agency online resources or identify materials distributed to Federal Depository libraries.

TheDeclaration of Independence -"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed..."

TheFederalist Papers - thoughts on government by the Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison.

Federal Executive Branch

U.S. Department ofJustice - A lot of good information here. Check out the Publications and Documents section for starters. The Justice for Kids page is good too!

Libraryof Congress Source of Executive Agencies - pretty exhaustive list of federal agencies.

Specific Areas of Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

ADR Resources - many mediation essays and topics

Cornell'sOverview of ADR

American Arbitration Association - check out the guides

Mediate.com - articles on mediation

LectricLaw Library ADR Topic Area - many good articles on ADR.



Business Law

Findlaw's Business Law Homepage - fair overview of different business issues and the types of startups that are available.

Business Law: Free Advice - good basic overview of issues.

Nolo'sBusiness Law - good basic overview of issues.

Consumer Law

The ConsumerLaw Page - basic information on a variety of topics.

National Fair Housing Advocate Web Site

Criminal Law

The World's Most Wanted - Fugitives and Unsolved Crimes - Recognize someone on this page and make some money... Easier than winning the lottery! This not-for-profit corporation is organized to help law enforcement agencies catch fugitives. Check out this site often!


Alcohol Problems and Solutions

How Breathalyzers Work

Governor's Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving

Intoximeters Inc. - Drink Wheel - instantly compute your estimated blood/breath alcohol concentration ("BAC") based on the information that you have provided. Provides useful information about the responsible use of alcohol.


Indiana Speedtrap Exchange - This site lists many of the areas in Indiana where you will often see an officer "taking your picture." Make sure you smile and better make sure that your foot is off the pedal... 

NMA's Motorist Issues - This group opposes speed traps and other traffic enforcement measures that are carried out for revenue-generation purposes. This page always has some interesting information about driving.

NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and items of motor vehicle equipment, and through grants to state and local governments.

Disability Law

Entertainment Law

Estate Planning

LPMS Estate Planning and Probate Interest Group - This American Bar Association group of attorneys shares information on practice management, technology, and lawyering skills that would be of particular interest to lawyers who plan and administer estates and trusts.

SeniorLaw - This site has more than just estate planning information. This site has information about Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, trusts and the rights of the elderly and disabled. It's a great site for senior citizens, their families, attorneys, social workers, and financial planners.

Family Law

Indiana Division of Family and Children - This agency helps children and families by enforcing parental responsibility through collection of monthly payments by non-custodial parents.

Indiana Child Support Rules, Guidelines and Support Schedules - Determine the amount of child support!

Marion County Prosectur's Child Support Division - The prosecutor's office helps enforce child support obligations.

Helping Kids Cope with Divorce - The name says it all. This book is informative and was written by Robert Hughes, Jr., Ph.D at Ohio State University.

Divorce: Indiana Divorce Source - Quite a few links to other divorce sources. Serves as a online support group for divorcees.

Immigration Law

Personal Injury

Real Estate

The Real Estate Library - This site does not replace the services of an attorney when it comes time to buying or selling your home. However, it does contain good resources for buyers, sellers, home owners, real estate professionals and anyone else seeking to learn more abour the world of real estate.

Social Security/Disabilty


Social Security Online

Legal Information on Disability Issues



Disability Links

Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act


Forms And Publications - IRS

Worker's Comp

Veteran's/Military Info


Law Utilities

Basic Legal Citation - how you are supposed to dot the i's and cross your t's in your papers to the Court.

Duhaime's LegalDictionary - everyone knows that there is nothing is worse than boring legal jargon and too many lawyers and judges still use it.  Here is where you can figure out what they said... 

LawLists - compilation of electronic discussion groups (Internet listservs and Usenet newsgroups), newsletters, journals, etc., related to the law.

The CompleatLawyer - Great magazine aimed at attorneys who are in a general practice, solo practice or in a small firm. I like it!

Law groups/associations

Thomas M. Cooley Law School - One of the largest law schools in the nation, Thomas M. Cooley Law School offers the best practical legal education in the United States. Founded in 1973 by Michigan's Supreme Court's former Chief Justice "Thomas Brennan", Cooley continues it's reputation as the "toughest law school in the nation" and offers students access to an outstanding law library and to one of the best collections of law school teachers in American legal education.

Indiana State Bar Association - formed to foster and advance the profession of law; to encourage and promote reforms in the law; to cultivate the science jurisprudence; to secure the more efficient administration of justice; to endorse and encourage reforms in legislation; to encourage and advocate effective and thorough legal education; to encourage the continued education of the practicing lawyer; and to afford a means of social intercourse among the lawyers of the State of Indiana.

American Bar Association Home Page - The largest national association of lawyers. Many lawyers belong to the ABA to network with attorneys from other states. Has over 70 interest groups. Plain and simple...belonging to this association, has made me a better attorney.

American Trial Lawyers Association Home Page - ATLA promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims' rights -- particularly the right to trial by jury -- and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety.

Misc Legal Sites

The Law Practice Management Page

Legal Ethics - website that discusses legal ethics topics

Jury Research

Judicial Statistics - somewhat outdated...

Morelaw - a database of jury results

Investigation + Support

Switchboard Home Page

Four11 Directory Services

Yahoo! People Search

ExpertPages.com - Bookmark this page for Expert Witnesses, Experts, Consultants, expertpages.com

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