Re: Definitive Text for Law for Each State in USA
yes, you are wrong.
But... Please correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the only thing that pertains to my original query above is the online site for NOLO's books.
or more correctly, how a court interpreted the laws. Regardless of how a lawyer may have manipulated the presentation of the case at hand, the court determines the final outcome based on their interpretation of the law and how it applies to the case at hand.
In short, those are for those who want see how interpretation of the law is not black and white and how clever lawyers manipulate this fact.
Additionally, many times, reading the statute without researching how it has been interpreted gives you very little. Without understanding how the law is applied, it is meaningless. Case law helps you to understand what is meant by what is written in the statute.
what if "your" state does not have revised statutes. In my state, what is titled "revised statutes" is only a small portion of the states laws. The state's statutes, laws, or code is what you are looking for. It is not called the same thing in each state.
Basically, there are three things to answer my original question. The constitution, "federal law", and your state's revised statues.
beyond that, while not law, the administrative procedures for each state and the federal government are very important to the laws. Having the law (code) and not knowing how to utilize that information makes the knowledge of the law meaningless in many situations.
and especially when speaking of the Constitution, case law is imperative. The SCOTUS has spent the last couple hundred of years rendering opinions to interpret and clarify the meaning and intent of the Constitution. Without that case law, simply reading the Constitution will give a very incorrect understanding of the document.
You have forgotten about city, county, or any other municipality ordinances. Each of those are just as important as the states laws in their jurisdictions.
That will contain the answers to any question I have about any topic I can think of as it pertains to Hawai'i. Anything beyond that and I will have to dig into the federal law labyrinth.
You have been corrected, to a limited extent.
If I am incorrect in any of this, please clarify. Thank you!
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.