Finding Laws/Legal Research Sites


Finding The Law:  Constitutions, Statutes (Federal, Tribal, State and Local), and Regulations

Washington State Constitution
The constitution of Washington State.

State Statutes: Revised Code of Washington (RCW)
This is the compilation of all permanent laws now in force. It is arranged by topic. 

County and City (Municipal) Codes
A list of the Washington State County and City (Municipal) codes.

Washington State Administrative Code (WAC)
The WAC arranges regulations by subject or agency.

Court Rules: State and Local
Current as of September 2010.  Many counties have their own local court rules.  Read the Whatcom County Local Court Rules.

Federal Statutes (U.S. Code)
A list of U.S. laws provided by Cornell University.

Washington Caselaw
Historical Washington case law from 1854 forward.

Washington State Cases From Last 90 Days
Historical Washington case law from the last 90 days.

Tribal Laws and Legal Resources
Links to published tribal codes of federally recognized Indian Tribes in Washington State.  The Gallagher Law Library's Indian Research page has links to other laws and legal research materials related to Indian Tribes in Washington State and the U.S.

Legal Research:  Websites With Extensive Legal Research and Reference Resources

King County Law Library
For access to a wide range of legal information, materials and resources.  Provides on-site support. Also hosts a phone and e-mail reference help program and a computer center at both its location at the King County Courthouse in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law
On-line access to almost all publicly accessible legal data bases.  Arranged by category of resource, with links. 

Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington Legal Resources
MRSC maintains one of the most comprehensive local government web sites in the U.S.

Washington LawHelp (Self-Help Legal Information Center)
For help learning about your civil (non-criminal) legal rights and representing yourself in a wide range of legal issues including:

Some resources are available in languages other than English.