Solano County Law Library

The Law Library is open to the public, and provides access to books and electronic resources that help people research their legal questions. The collection includes basic and specialized legal materials that address civil law, criminal law, family law, and other legal areas. During operating hours, staff can assist customers with their research. Customers may even print or photocopy materials for a cost. Law Library staff does not give legal advice.

 

If the Law Library is closed, the public can still find self-help resources on the internet. Also, the Solano County Library branches possess Nolo Press books that have information on legal procedures and forms. Please call 1-866-57ASKUS to find out what the library closest to you has.

 

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Legal Services

 

County Code, Court Services, and Local Agencies:

www.solanocounty.com  
Solano County’s official website; users may find the county code, county department information, and other materials.

www.solano.courts.ca.gov  
Solano County Superior Court’s website, which offers local court forms and rules, docket reports, and contact information for judges,
Solano Legal Access Center (Family Law Facilitator) and other court departments.

http://lsnc.net/ 
Legal Services of Northern California’s official site; individuals may find information about Vallejo’s location.

www.solanobar.org  
Solano County Bar Association’s website; the site features information about local lawyer referral and mediation services.

 

Other Statewide/Nationwide Legal Agencies:

www.publiclawlibrary.org  
CCCLL’s listing of county public law libraries in California, self-help resources, and legal links.

http://www.icandocs.org/ca/  
Developed by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, the site allows users to fill out forms for free.

http://www.lawhelpca.org/CA/index.cfm
This website helps Californians find legal aid referrals & self-help resources.

http://www.calegaladvocates.org/  
Legal Aid Association of California’s website.

www.abanet.org  
American Bar Association’s website; includes national lawyer referral and information services.

www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/index.html
Louisiana State University Libraries’ federal agency directory.

www.lawguru.com  
“LawGuru” allows users to submit a legal question to an attorney for a response.

 

Legal Research

 

Child Support:

https://www.cse.ca.gov/ChildSupport/cse/guidelineCalculator  
Developed by the CDSS, this free child support calculator functions similarly to TurboTax.

 

Legal Forms:

www.courts.ca.gov  
Developed by the Judicial Council, users can print or complete California court forms and find self-help information, court rules, and bilingual legal materials.

www.saclaw.org
Sacramento County Public Law Library’s website; this site offers self-help guides, printable forms (i.e., pleading paper), and a topical listing of print and online legal resources.

 

Attorney Search:

www.calbar.ca.gov  
State Bar of California’s website; includes data about attorneys licensed to practice in California, statewide lawyer referral, attorney complaint procedures, and pamphlets.

www.martindale.com  
This site features Martindale-Hubbell’s attorney locator, and allows for legal practice searches.

 

Guardianship:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-guardianship.htm  
California Courts’ Self-Help Center provides self-help information about probate court guardianships, as well as forms and instructions.

http://www.gu.org  
This policy-oriented website offers much information about kinship care, state and federal law, and support groups.

http://grandsplace.org  
“GrandsPlace” offers legal references, online message boards, and links to related resources.

http://www.lsc-sf.org/  
This site provides free legal and social work services and representation for children and youth under 18 years old in the Bay Area.

http://www.prisonerswithchildren.org/  
This site has information for grandparents and other relative caregivers and their advocates; includes a statewide resource list, as well as resources for Northern, Central and Southern California.

http://slh.lsnc.net/  
Developed by Legal Services of Northern California, Senior Legal Hotline’s site provides free legal advice via telephone to California residents 60 years of age and older on custody or visitation of grandchildren.

 

General Information:

Legal Information Reference Center (must have a Solano County Library card for access)
A resource of over 250 Nolo press legal reference titles in full-text, detailed how-to instructions, and thousands of forms on a wide range of legal issues. Basic User Guide

www.findlaw.com  
This site includes state law, case law, news articles and more.

www.nolo.com  
Developed by Nolo Press, this site features articles and information about their publications.

http://freeadvice.com  
“FreeAdvice” offers content written by attorneys, which help users find answers to their legal problems.

www.aallnet.org/chapter/scall/locating.htm  
Webpage for the legal research guide “Locating the Law.”

http://www.justia.com/  
This site offers legal articles, guides, teaching materials, and online research strategies; ideal for the experienced legal researcher.

 

Municipal Law:

www.ci.benicia.ca.us  
This site contains Benicia’s council meeting agendas, minutes, and the city code.

http://ci.dixon.ca.us  
This site contains Dixon’s council meeting minutes, ordinance summaries, resolutions, and contact information.

http://www.fairfield.ca.gov/  
This site contains Fairfield’s council meeting minutes, ordinances, resolutions, city code, and contact information.

http://riovistacity.com/  
This site contains Rio Vista’s council meeting minutes, ordinances, resolutions, city code, and contact information.

http://www.suisun.com/  
This site contains Suisun’s agendas, council meeting minutes, city code, and contact information.

http://www.ci.vacaville.ca.us/
This site contains Vacaville’s city code, administrative and municipal services.

http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/GovSite/   
This site contains Vallejo’s agendas for city council and city commission meetings.

http://www.municode.com/Library/Library.aspx  
Municipal codes for the cities throughout the United States.

 

State Law:

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov   
An official site that has California’s constitution, codes, Senate and Assembly bills, and historical data.

www.ca.gov  
State of California’s website; Offers links to California Code of Regulations, state agencies, tax information, birth & marriage, and other topics.

http://library.uchastings.edu/library/index.html  
UC Hastings Law Library’s official site, which includes California propositions from 1911 to the present.

 

Federal Law:

www.law.cornell.edu  
Developed by the LII; this site has administrative and statutory codes from California and other states.

http://thomas.loc.gov  
Library of Congress site that provides bill information, resolutions, laws, Congressional Record, and other historical documents.

www.gpo.gov  
U.S. Government Printing Office, which has the U.S. codes, Code of Federal Regulations, bills, Federal Register, and other legislative publications.

Updated December 2013

 

 

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