Legal Resources

GENERAL LEGAL RESOURCES


FEDERAL LAW

Supreme Court of the United States
The home of the Supreme Court.

Other U.S.Courts 
Links to all other federal courts, including the 3rd Circuit’s New Jersey District Court.

Thomas
Legislative information from the Library of Congress. Includes the latest information on bills and resolutions in Congress.

United States Constitution
Full text of the U.S. Constitution, the primary law of the U.S. Federal Government.

United States Code

Search the permanent federal laws of the United States.

Code of Federal Regulations 
Codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

Federal Register

Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents

 

Legal Information Institute
A wide variety of legal resources including historic landmark and recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Full text searching of statutes and pending bills from every state in the United States. Contains the full text of the U.S. Constitution as well as constitutions and selected laws from foreign countries. Model and Uniform Acts, Interstate Compacts, treaties, conventions and other international agreements, and United Nations documents are also included.

 

Ebsco Legal information Reference Center

Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis.

(SBPL library card number required for access)

NEW JERSEY LAW

New Jersey State Legislature
New Jersey Statutes, constitution, chapter laws, and bills are available full-text.  This site lists all members of the Assembly and Senate and allows you to search for your legislator by town or district.  The legislative calendar tracks the progress of legislation in Trenton including public hearings and committee meetings.

New Jersey State Library Legislative Histories
The State Library compiles legislative histories on all New Jersey laws which are general and permanent, and are added to NJSA. A legislative history is a compilation of the documents which express the purpose or intent behind the passage of a particular law. Appropriations, temporary and executed, and repealed acts are excluded.

New Jersey Statutes
From the NJ State Legislature website.

New Jersey Administrative Code
Free public access to the full text of the New Jersey Administrative Code provided by Lexis/Nexis, official publisher of the NJAC.

Rutgers-Newark Law Library – Internet Law Guide
Created by Paul Axel-Lute, this site contains information on federal law, New Jersey law, the laws of other states as well as foreign and international law and more.


WashLaw (Washburn University School of Law)

New Jersey Law & Government Resources: access to State Demographic & Economic Profiles and Vital Records (Dept. of Health and Senior Services) and the New Jersey Administrative Code.

New Jersey Law Librarians Association Internet Links
A comprehensive listing of federal & state legal resources.

New Jersey Judiciary
The New Jersey Judiciary is an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and this State. Website offers a wealth of information and resources about the New Jersey court system including judge and staff directories, court locations and contact information, calendars and schedules and much more.

New Jersey Judiciary Ombudsman Program
The ombudsman provides a bridge between the courts and the community, to enhance public access and improve customer service. Although the ombudsman is unable to provide legal advice – because court staff must be neutral and impartial – the ombudsman can help guide court users through the system with as much ease as possible. Click here to find your local ombudsman: http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/ombuds/ombuds_contact.htm

New Jersey Municipal Courts Direct
Pay your traffic and parking tickets online

New Jersey Court Rules
Posted at the NJ judiciary web site

NEW JERSEY LAWYER INFORMATION

Martindale-Hubbell
Online version of the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: Profiles of over one million lawyers and law firms in the United States and 160 countries

New Jersey State Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

A listing of county bar associations that offer lawyer referral services.

Middlesex County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
Free lawyer referral service online or call 732-828-0053, ext. 100.

NEW JERSEY LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Legal Services of New Jersey
LSNJ is an independent, non-profit organization, which provides free legal assistance to low-income people in civil matters

Consumer’s Guide to Legal Help NJ
American Bar Association Lawyer Referral, free legal help, court information, and more.

NEW JERSEY FAMILY LAW

New Jersey Family Law Practice by Gary N. Skoloff and Laurence J. Cutler. Published by New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Brunswick, NJ, 1965-. This work includes information on the causes of action for divorce, how to file motions in court, information on child custody, visitation, alimony, child support and equitable distribution. Retype forms using them as a guide and fill in your own information. Available in New Jersey Reference Collection R-NJ 346.749 S

Divorce in New Jersey: A Self-Help Guide 
Provided by Legal Services of New Jersey. This manual can be accessed online and explains how to file for divorce in New. (Instructions are available on the website, forms can be obtained at the Information Desk.)

New Jersey Child Support Guidelines
Provided by the NJ Judiciary

NEW JERSEY LEGAL FORMS

Divorce Forms
New Jersey Family Law Practice, by Gary N. Skoloff and Laurence J. Cutler. Published by New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Brunswick, NJ, 1965-. Includes information on the causes of action for divorce, how to file motions in court, information on child custody, visitation, alimony, child support and equitable distribution. Retype forms using them as a guide and fill in your own information. Available in New Jersey Reference Collection R-NJ 346.749 S

Divorce in New Jersey: A Self-Help Guide 
Legal Services of New Jersey This manual can be accessed online and explains how to file for divorce in New Jersey based on irreconcilable differences, separation, desertion, or extreme cruelty. (Instructions available on website, forms can be obtained at the Information Desk.)

Appellate Forms
Provided by the New Jersey State Judiciary.

New Jersey Tax Forms
Provided by the New Jersey Division of Taxation

Estate Forms 

Middlesex County Surrogate Obtain legal forms to handle estate matters including: Refunding Bond & Release Form, Affidavit of Domicile, Administration Renunciation, and Consent for Guardianship. Information on wills and estates provided including the importance of having a will, what to do if a person in New Jersey dies without a will, probating the estate, and inheritance taxes.

 

Pro Se Forms
Online access to forms for representing yourself in court (Pro-Se) General information about representing yourself in court, what the court can and cannot do for you, contact information, brochures, forms and kits.

Bankruptcy Forms
Bankruptcy forms are available on-line at this web site including voluntary petition form, proof of claim form, discharge of debtor form, and schedule forms. This web site also provides local forms used specifically for New Jersey bankruptcies.

New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Forms and Publications
Available from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

GENERAL LEGAL FORMS

 

FindLaw/Forms
Legal forms for many state and Federal jurisdictions are available for a fee.

ILRG Legal Forms Archive
The Internet Legal Resource Guide provides access to low-cost forms, federal and state statutes and cases, law journals, legal associations, and law schools. The forms on this site include basic legal agreements, bill of sale, quitclaim and warranty deeds, promissory notes, employment forms, leases, irrevocable and revocable living trust agreements, power of attorney, affidavits and business, personal and general forms.

Self-Help Legal Forms
The South Brunswick Library owns many books published by Nolo Press, a major publisher of self-help legal books designed for the lay person. Although it always best to consult an attorney for legal matters, these self-help legal books (which include forms) may be referred to for guidance. Nolo.com publishes books on general and specialized legal topics such as divorce, wills, and bankruptcy.  Check the library catalog for self-help legal books published by Nolo Press.

NEW JERSEY DATABASES AND STATISTICS

Data Universe
A collection of databases compiled by the Asbury Park Press of public records and public information pertaining to New Jersey residents, businesses, public employees or employees of businesses in the state. Find conviction records, death records, public sector contracts, property sales, teachers and school administrators, police and paid firefighters, Rutgers University employees, and more.

New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry.
The registry contains information about level 2 (moderate risk) and level 3 (high risk) sex offenders. Search by name, location or vehicle. Information provided includes the offender’s name and address, aliases, a brief description as well as the date and location of the disposition of the offense, a re-offense ranking of moderate or high, age, race, sex, date of birth and physical description, a dated photograph, and the make, model, color, year and license plate number of any vehicle operated by the offender.

New Jersey Offender Search
Find the offender search option in the left-hand menu. The database contains information about offenders, who are currently housed in Department of Corrections’ facilities as well as those who have been paroled or released from prison. Search by name or other criteria to find name, identification numbers, current location, parole eligibility date, sentencing information, admission and release dates, and known aliases.


New Jersey Superior Court Conviction Records

Compiled from public information sources, this New Jersey convictions database lets you search by full or partial name to find a criminal’s full name, date of birth, county of conviction, sentencing date, indictment number, type of crime, judge, jail time, penalties and fines. The database covers convictions from 2000 to April 2009.

CASE LAW

FindACase™ Network
A product of Versus Law, Inc., FindACase is designed to be used by non-lawyers, small businesses, pro-se litigants, part-time lawyers, schools, colleges, libraries, publications, and activists for legal research across a wide range of topics and jurisdictions. Allows you to research state and federal case law, grouped by state all with no charge.

New Jersey Cases

New Jersey Court Opinions
Opinions authored by judges in the NJ Judiciary. Hosted by the NJ State Library.

New Jersey Current Reported Opinions
Current and last week’s Supreme Court & Appellate Division opinions, posted by the New Jersey Judiciary

US District for the District of New Jersey
Hosted by Rutgers-Camden; from October 1998

Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Opinions from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals

NEW JERSEY LEGAL SELF-HELP PUBLICATIONS

Consumer’s Guide to New Jersey Law

Foreclosures – Tenants Rights

Tenants’ Rights in New Jersey

New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, Fact Sheets

New Jersey State Bar Foundation Publications

New Jersey Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights From Div. of Taxation

Clearing Your Record

Termination of Parental Rights: A Manual for Parents

Know Your Welfare Rights!

Women’s Guide to Rights and Resources in New Jersey
From the League of Women Voters

LAW LIBRARIES IN NEW JERSEY

Major repositories of legal information in New Jersey


Middlesex County Law Library

1 Kennedy Square New Brunswick, NJ  08901
732-519-3452
Open to the public M-F 8:30-4

Comprehensive law collection for reference use only.  Free access to LEXIS.  Some pro se packets available. Other sample forms may be copied from various legal form books and practice series volumes. Library staff provides access to legal information, but can not analyze any patron’s legal situation, provide legal advice or aid in drafting legal forms.

New Jersey State Library
Law Library

185 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08625-0520
609-292-6230

The major public law library in New Jersey. It has a comprehensive collection of American legal materials, with special emphasis on federal and New Jersey materials. The Law Library provides telephone, mail, email and in person reference service to all branches of state government, to members of the New Jersey Bar, to other libraries through the New Jersey Library Network, and to the general public. Free Lexis searches, access to other legal & government information databases.

Rutgers Law Library – Camden
217 N. Fifth St.
Camden, NJ 08102
856-225-6172

Rutgers Law Library – Newark
Rutgers Law Library – Newark
123 Washington St.
Newark, NJ 07102-3094
973-353-5676

Seton Hall Law School
Seton Hall Law School
Peter W. Rodino Library
1 Newark Center
Newark, NJ 07102
973-642-8766

LEGAL E-BOOKS
A selection of E-Books accessible through SBPL catalog (SBPL library card number required for access)

American Law Yearbook 2008. Detroit: Gale, 2009. 

National Survey of State Laws. Richard A. Leiter, ed. 6th ed. Detroit: Gale, 2008 

Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law. Jeffrey Wilson, ed. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 

Supreme Court Drama: Cases That Changed America. A Walton Litz, Daniel E. Brannen, Jr., Elizabeth Shaw, and Richard Clay Hanes, eds. Detroit:UXL, 2001
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ELDER LAW


Elder Law Answers

Elder Law answers, information about Medicaid planning, Medicare and nursing home rights. Find lawyers nationwide.

National Senior Citizens Law Center
The NSCLC advocates before the courts, Congress and federal agencies to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans. Consumer information available on assisted living including:

SeniorLaw: Elder Law & Legal Resources on the Web

SOUTH BRUNSWICK CODE

South Brunswick Municipal Code.