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ARTICLE_TEXT <p>The Internet has made access to legal information available to everyone. Following are credible legal websites that will assist you in your legal information search.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>General Information</b><br /> <a href="http://www.findlaw.com/">Findlaw</a> - The world's leading provider of online legal information.</p> <p><a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/">Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute</a> (LII) - A not-for-profit organization that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost.</p> <p><a href="http://www.americanbar.org/aba.html ">American Bar Association</a> (ABA) - Provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.</p> <p><a href="http://thelibrary.org/research/law.cfm?lid=54 ">Gale Legal Forms</a> - Accessible with your <a href="http://thelibrary.org/about/libcard.cfm">library card</a>, this database provides free access to various types of downloadable legal forms. Searchable by keyword, title or category, the database is easy to navigate. Most forms are available in Word format, so they can easily be filled-in, saved and printed. Gale also provides samples of completed forms.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nolo.com/">Nolo</a> - Leading publisher of self-help law books on a wide variety of legal topics.</p> <p><a href="http://catalaw.com/ ">Catalaw</a> - It is the catalog of catalogs of worldwide law on the Internet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.law.com/jsp/law/index.jsp">Law.com</a> - Connects legal professionals to more than 20 award-winning national and regional legal publications online and delivers top legal news.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uslaw.com/">US Law</a> - A leading online provider of legal information since 1999, catering to consumers of online legal information with particular emphasis on individuals and small businesses.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lawguru.com/ ">Law Guru</a> - One of the most popular legal web sites that continues to offer a variety of free services and legal information to the entire Internet Community.</p> <p><a href="http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/">Findlaw Cases &amp; Codes</a> - Contains resources and links for both state and federal laws, including resources pertaining to constitutions, statutes, cases and more.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Federal</b><br /> <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ ">GPOFDsys.gov</a> - Previously GPO Access, this site provides free online access to official Federal Government publications.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.jsp">Federal Bureau of Prisons</a> - Federal prisoner lookup.</p> <p><a href="http://www.fedworld.gov/">FedWorld</a> - A gateway to government information that is managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) as part of it's information management mandate.</p> <p><a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/ ">US Supreme Court</a> - Get a brief overview, meet the Justices, review opinions and search the docket.</p> <p><a href="http://www.uscourts.gov/Home.aspx ">US Courts</a> - Provides information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government.</p> <p><a href="http://uscode.house.gov/ ">US Code</a> - The Office of the Law Revision Counsel prepares and publishes the United States Code, which is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. Print edition is available for public at Missouri State University&rsquo;s <a href="http://library.missouristate.edu/ ">Meyer Library</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/ ">US Code</a> - Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute&rsquo;s version of the U.S. Code is generated from the most recent official version made available by the US House of Representatives.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/">Code of Federal Regulation</a> (CFR) - The codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>State</b><br /> <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/homestatsearch.asp ">Missouri Revised Statutes</a> - Search or view all the state laws. The state laws are only updated online.</p> <p><a href="http://ago.mo.gov/">Missouri Attorney General</a> - Find consumer protection information, Sunshine Law information and access many legal publications including Life Choices, an end of life guide with forms and instructions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobar.org/ ">The Missouri Bar</a> - Get help finding the right type of lawyer for your case with their lawyer referral program. Access 50+ publications that explain the law topics in everyday terms.</p> <p><a href="http://doc.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Corrections</a> - State offender lookup</p> <p><a href="http://moga.mo.gov/ ">Missouri General Assembly</a> - Joint bill tracking, legislator lookup, live debates and more are available.</p> <p><a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/ ">Missouri House of Representatives</a> - Search for House members, view bill and committee information and more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> - Search for Senate members, view bill and session information and more.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>County</b><br /> <a href="http://www.greenecountymo.org/sheriff/">Greene County Sheriff</a> - View the sex offender list and map, search active warrants, request Sunshine law information, get crime prevention information and view booking photos of currently incarcerated Greene County jail inmates.</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenecountymo.org/pa/index.php">Greene County Prosecuting Attorney</a> - Provides FAQs for various issues including bad checks, domestic violence, crime victim and witness information. Track a case or learn how a case proceeds through the system.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>City</b><br /> <a href="http://www.springfieldmo.gov/webapps/ordinance/index.jsp">Springfield Ordinances</a> - Maintained online by the City Clerk&rsquo;s Office, ordinances after 1987 are available using this method. Also view the text of the council bills and ordinances from 1997 on</p> <p><a href="http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientID=11598&amp;stateID=25&amp;statename=Missouri">Springfield City Code</a> - Additional information regarding City ordinances can be found here</p> <p><a href="http://www.springfieldmo.gov/home/home.jsp#page=page-1 ">City of Springfield</a> - View traffic accident reports, see if a business is licensed, check zoning and building permit status.</p> <p><a href="http://www.springfieldmo.gov/spd/">Springfield Police Department</a> - Search municipal warrants, find out how to file a report or a criminal background check, get fingerprinted and search for police calls.</p> <p><a href="http://www.smba.cc/">Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association</a> - The SMBA lawyer referral service has 50 categories of law to choose from</p> <p><a href="http://www.springfieldmo.gov/zoning/index.html">Springfield Zoning Ordinances</a> - Additional information regarding City ordinances can also be found here<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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Law

The Best Legal Websites

The Internet has made access to legal information available to everyone. Following are credible legal websites that will assist you in your legal information search.

 

General Information
Findlaw - The world's leading provider of online legal information.

Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute (LII) - A not-for-profit organization that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost.

American Bar Association (ABA) - Provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

Gale Legal Forms - Accessible with your library card, this database provides free access to various types of downloadable legal forms. Searchable by keyword, title or category, the database is easy to navigate. Most forms are available in Word format, so they can easily be filled-in, saved and printed. Gale also provides samples of completed forms.

Nolo - Leading publisher of self-help law books on a wide variety of legal topics.

Catalaw - It is the catalog of catalogs of worldwide law on the Internet.

Law.com - Connects legal professionals to more than 20 award-winning national and regional legal publications online and delivers top legal news.

US Law - A leading online provider of legal information since 1999, catering to consumers of online legal information with particular emphasis on individuals and small businesses.

Law Guru - One of the most popular legal web sites that continues to offer a variety of free services and legal information to the entire Internet Community.

Findlaw Cases & Codes - Contains resources and links for both state and federal laws, including resources pertaining to constitutions, statutes, cases and more.

 

Federal
GPOFDsys.gov - Previously GPO Access, this site provides free online access to official Federal Government publications.

Federal Bureau of Prisons - Federal prisoner lookup.

FedWorld - A gateway to government information that is managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) as part of it's information management mandate.

US Supreme Court - Get a brief overview, meet the Justices, review opinions and search the docket.

US Courts - Provides information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government.

US Code - The Office of the Law Revision Counsel prepares and publishes the United States Code, which is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. Print edition is available for public at Missouri State University’s Meyer Library.

US Code - Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute’s version of the U.S. Code is generated from the most recent official version made available by the US House of Representatives.

Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) - The codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

 

State
Missouri Revised Statutes - Search or view all the state laws. The state laws are only updated online.

Missouri Attorney General - Find consumer protection information, Sunshine Law information and access many legal publications including Life Choices, an end of life guide with forms and instructions.

The Missouri Bar - Get help finding the right type of lawyer for your case with their lawyer referral program. Access 50+ publications that explain the law topics in everyday terms.

Missouri Department of Corrections - State offender lookup

Missouri General Assembly - Joint bill tracking, legislator lookup, live debates and more are available.

Missouri House of Representatives - Search for House members, view bill and committee information and more.

Missouri Senate - Search for Senate members, view bill and session information and more.

 

County
Greene County Sheriff - View the sex offender list and map, search active warrants, request Sunshine law information, get crime prevention information and view booking photos of currently incarcerated Greene County jail inmates.

Greene County Prosecuting Attorney - Provides FAQs for various issues including bad checks, domestic violence, crime victim and witness information. Track a case or learn how a case proceeds through the system.

 

City
Springfield Ordinances - Maintained online by the City Clerk’s Office, ordinances after 1987 are available using this method. Also view the text of the council bills and ordinances from 1997 on

Springfield City Code - Additional information regarding City ordinances can be found here

City of Springfield - View traffic accident reports, see if a business is licensed, check zoning and building permit status.

Springfield Police Department - Search municipal warrants, find out how to file a report or a criminal background check, get fingerprinted and search for police calls.

Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association - The SMBA lawyer referral service has 50 categories of law to choose from

Springfield Zoning Ordinances - Additional information regarding City ordinances can also be found here
 

 


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