California Legal Research Resources


The following resources should be of use to individuals who need a lawyer, are eligible for free legal advice from Legal Aid organizations or advocacy groups, are researching points of California law, or are looking for free legal forms or articles on specific legal subjects.

Sources of Legal Help

California Case Law

California Laws and Codes

  • California Code and Constitution - From the legislature of the State of California. Search by keyword and subject.

  • California Chaptered Bills - A searchable compilation of chaptered bills, from the Legislative Counsel of the State of California.

  • California Code of Regulations - Browse by title, or search by keyword.

  • California Court Rules - Rules regulating how litigation is conducted within the court system, in HTML and PDF format.

  • Attorney General Opinions - Interpretations of California laws from the Attorney General's office. Fully searchable. Until such time as a court issues a different interpretation, these opinions are binding on state agencies.

  • Executive Orders - Directives from the governor's office, regulating the conduct of state agencies.

California Jury Instructions

  • Civil Jury Instructions - Text of instructions given to juries at the start and conclusion of litigation, from Netlaw Libraries, Inc.

Legal Organizations

  • State Bar of California - All California attorneys must be members of the State Bar. The State Bar website includes many resources, including legal news, directories, case law, and resources for the public.

  • Lawyer Discipline

    California Courts

    California Legal Forms

    • Standard Legal Forms - Free legal forms from the California Judicial Council, downloadable in ZIP and PDF formats.

    • Business Forms - Forms for California businesses and corporations, from the Secretary of State

    • Income Tax Forms - From the Franchise Tax Board.

    California Law Firms

    Additional Resources

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    This article was last reviewed or amended on May 30, 2016.