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Ohio Supreme Court
The Ohio Supreme Court has many great resources for lawyers, including the ability to search Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio Appellate Court decisions and announcement.
Here is the Court's schedule for oral argument.
Ohio Courts of Appeal
The Ohio Supreme Court maintains a list of Appellate Court Websites. (http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/District_Courts/default.asp). All appellate court decisions are also available on the Ohio Supreme Court's website.
Ohio Trial Courts
Many trial courts also have websites. The Ohio Supreme Court keeps a fairly comprehensive list. http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/Web_Sites/courts/default.asp.
Ohio Statutes, Codes, Ohio Session Laws, and Rules of Court
At Anderson's, Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code: (http://onlinedocs.andersonpublishing.com/)
At Ohio Supreme Court, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rules of Evidence, and others: (http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/Rules/)
Local Rules of Common Pleas Courts: (http://www.columbuslawlib.org/links.asp?cmd=OtherCounties)
Legislative Service Commission, follow up on the status of pending legislation: (http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/)
Ohio City Ordinances at http://clelaw.lib.oh.us/Public/Misc/Muni_Ct.html#Ord or directly to the Columbus, Ohio City Code at (http://ordlink.com/codes/columbus/index.htm)
Ohio Departments, Agencies, and Local Governments
The State of Ohio Front Page (http://www.state.oh.us/) provides access to all branches of state government and many state agencies. Especially useful are:
Directory of Agency Websites (http://www.state.oh.us/ohio/agency.htm).
Corporate registration information at the Secretary of State's office (http://www.state.oh.us/sos/). Hint: Look under Inquires for Business at the Secretary of State main page.
Insurance company principal place of business and agent information at the Ohio Department of Insurance (http://www.ins.state.oh.us/).
Ohio Attorney General decisions from 1994 to present: (http://www.ag.state.oh.us/opinions/agopinio.htm)
Ohio State University (including the College of Law)
State Law Outside Ohio
State Courts on the Internet
At Findlaw.com, links to state courts, statutes and government resources.
The Law Library Resources Exchange, has a nice, comprehensive list of State and Federal Court Rules.
State Statutes, Constitutions, Legislation and City Codes
The unsung Scruffy maintains my favorite list of full-text state statutes and legislation.
State Secretaries of State
The roster of the National Association of Secretaries of State, links to Secretary of State Web sites for all 50 states.
The National Association of Counties (NACO) provides a clickable map leading to county websites anywhere in the country.
At U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library, search the entire United States Code
Code of Federal Regulations
At National Archieves, search the entire Code of Federal Regulations
United States Supreme Court
Find Law, keeps all U.S. Supreme Court cases since 1893.
At The Oyez Project, listen to recordings of oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in historically cases. This site is rich with other U.S. Supreme Court information as well.
Federal District and Circuit Courts
Federal Court filings are generally available from PACER. PACER is a fee based system which requires registration for a password. More information is available at the PACER service center.
Each court participating in PACER will have its own login address. Additionally, there is a national Party/Case Index.
Find Law has links to all Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Find Law has links to Federal District Courts.
At Justia.com you will find US Court of Appeals Cases and Opinions.
Federal Court Rules
Federal Agencies and Departments
USA.gov is the official comprehensive government index.
At Tax Sites, a comprehensive index of tax and accounting resources.
Legal Mega Sites
All well known, comprehensive, legal "catalog" sites with thousands of links to articles, legislation, case law, government information, and legal information of all kinds.
Legal Meta Searches
Lawguru.com: (http://www.lawguru.com/research.html). Comprehensive collection of legal search engines. It is possible to search on over 500 such engines from this site.
Findlaw: (http://www.findlaw.com/). Comprehensive index of legal resources on the Web.
Law Crawler: (http://www.lawcrawler.com/index.html). Legal search data base.
University Law Review Project: (http://www.lawreview.org/). Allows full text search of legal journals on the Internet.
Black Book Online: (http://www.crimetime.com/online.htm)
An amazing national collection of resources for finding information. Some of my favorites are:
- Criminal Records: http://www.crimetime.com/bbocrim.htm
- Social Security Death Index: http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
- Professional Licensing: http://www.clearhq.org/page-1720711
- State Records: http://www.crimetime.com/bbostate.htm
- Birthday Lookup: http://anybirthday.com/search.htm
- Business Searches: http://www.crimetime.com/bbobiz.htm
Real Estate Information
Tax information about real estate is becoming widely available nationwide. See ((http://homepage.mac.com/researchventures/index.html))
In Ohio, many county auditors make real estate information available on the Web. (The County Auditors Associaion of Ohio (http://www.caao.org/) has a directory which is handy for locating Web addresses of Ohio Auditors.)
Martindale-Hubbel: (http://lawyers.martindale.com). Search by name, by firm name, or by area of practice, or location..
WhoWhere: (http://www.whowhere.com/): Find addresses, businesses, e-mail addresses (the usual)
InfoSpace: (http://www.infospace.com): The usual plus reverse lookup (find a person with a phone number).
Big Book: (http://www.bigbook.com/): Great Yellow Pages Directory
At Medscape: (http://medscape.com/). Excellent site devoted to medicine. Access to "the good stuff" requires a username and password which may be obtained free of charge. The "library" section is particularly useful. Search Medline for free! Also search Toxline, Drug Search (which provides information similar to the PDR), and a medical dictionary.
At National Library of Medicine, Pub Med: (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/). Free, fast Medlinesearch.
Columbus Bar Association
The Columbus Bar Association website has information about attorney referral program, some legal links, the electronic version of its publication, Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, and the CBA Directory of central Ohio lawyers.
Central Ohio Association for Justice
Ohio Association for Justice
The Ohio Association for Justice website serves as a clearing house of information for its members.
Ohio State Bar Association
The Ohio State Bar Association has a very good membership directory of Ohio lawyers and OSBA publications in searchable format. Members also have free access to CaseMaker, an electronic library with reported and unreported case law, verdict reporter, 6th Circuit decisions, Ohio Jury Instructions, and much more.
American Arbitration Association
The American Arbitration Association has rules and forms available.
American Association for Justice
The American Association for Justice has available some public information; however, only AAJ members can access most of this site. It is now possible to word search the AAJ site, including the major AAJ publications.
Uniform Law Commission
The Uniform Law Commission drafts uniform state laws such as the UCC. The University of Pennsylvania also makes some of the ULC work available on-line.
Internet and Technology
Web Site Searches
Dogpile: (http://www.dogpile.com): Simultaneously search Google, Yahoo, and Yandex at once.
News Group Searches
Google Groups: (http://groups.google.com/): Archive of news group discussions.
TUCOWS Internet Software: (http://www.tucows.com/). Get all the software you will ever need to navigate the Net.
ZDNet Computer Magazine: (http://www.zdnet.com/). Got a computer question? ZDNet reviews a wide range of computer hardware and software products.