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Virginia Legal Resources  

Guide designed to help patrons with basic Virginia legal research.
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Virginia Constitution

  • The Virginia Constitution
    Free online Constitution maintained by the Virginia General Assembly. In print, the Constitution is located in the first volume of the Code of Virginia. The library's resources on the Constitution include A. E. Dick Howard, Commentaries on the Constitution of Virginia (Reserve KFV 2801 1970).

Virginia Statutes

  • Code of Virginia (Virginia General Assembly)
    A free, unannotated version maintained by the Virginia General Assembly. Search by keyword or browse the table of contents.
  • Code of Virginia (print)
    Print editions of the Code of Virginia 1950 (KFV 2430 1950), superseded volumes of the Code of Virginia, and West's Annotated Code of Virginia (KFV 2430) are available in the library.
  • Code of Virginia (Lexis & Westlaw)  Icon
    Law students may access the Virginia code through Westlaw and Lexis.
  • Acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia (Hein)  Icon
    The laws passed in each legislative session since 1776 are available to UVA users through HeinOnline.
  • Acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia (print)
    Print versions of the Acts of the General Assembly are available in the library's first-floor reading room (KFV2425 .A213).
  • Acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia (Lexis & Westlaw)  Icon
    Law students may access laws enacted since 1991 in Lexis and since 1990 in Westlaw.
  • Hening's Statutes at Large
    William Waller Hening's 13-volume Statutes at Large, covering 1619-1792, is available online for free, as well as in the library (KFV 2425.2 1619a).

Virginia Legislative Documents

  • Virginia's Legislative Information System
    Search bills introduced in the Virginia Assembly and track their status. Covers legislation from 1994 through the current session.
  • House of Delegates Journal & Senate Journal (print)
    The daily proceedings of the Virginia House of Delegates (KFV 2418 .H6) and the Virginia Senate (KFV2418 .S4) are available in print in the law library.
  • Reports to the General Assembly
    This database lists House and Senate documents since 1897, with most reports since 1897 available in full text in PDF. Documents are also available in print in the library.

Virginia Case Law

  • Opinions from the Virginia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals (court website)
    Opinions since mid-1995 of the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia are available through the Virginia Judicial System website.
  • Virginia Reports & Virginia Court of Appeals Reports (print)
    Virginia Reports (KFV 2445 .A2), containing decisions of the Supreme Court of Virginia, and Virginia Court of Appeals Reports (KFV 2448 .A2) are available in the library's main reading room.
  • Opinions from the Virginia Supreme Court & Court of Appeals (Lexis & Westlaw)  Icon
    Law students may access opinions through Lexis or Westlaw.
  • Virginia Circuit Court Opinions (print)
    Selected opinions from Virginia trial courts are published in Virginia Circuit Court Opinions (KFV 2451 .A33).
  • Virginia Circuit Court Opinions (Lexis)  Icon
    Law students may access Virginia Circuit Court cases from 1855 to present through Lexis.
  • Virginia Briefs (Hein)  Icon
    Selected Virginia Supreme Court records and briefs are available through HeinOnline's Virginia Briefs collection.

Virginia Administrative Law

  • Virginia Administrative Code (Virginia LIS website)
    A compilation of the current administrative rules and regulations hosted by the Virginia General Assembly. Search or browse the contents.
  • Virginia Administrative Code (print)
    The library maintains a print copy of the Virginia Administrative Code (Reference KFV 2435 1992 A2) in its Virginia reference collection.
  • Virginia Administrative Code (Lexis & Westlaw)  Icon
    Law students may access the VAC through Westlaw and Lexis.
  • Virginia Register of Regulations
    The Virginia Register, where proposed and final Virginia state rules are published before entering the Virginia Administrative Code, is released biweekly. A print copy is available in the in the library's Virginia Reference collection (KFV 2436 .V57).
  • Virginia Attorney General Opinions
    Attorney general opinions since 1996 are available on the Attorney General's website.
  • Virginia Attorney General Opinions (print)
    The library has print copies of the Opinions of the Attorney General (KFV 2840 A55294).
  • Virginia Attorney General Opinions (Lexis & Westlaw)  Icon
    Law students may also access Virginia Attorney General opinions through Lexis, since 1958, and Westlaw, since 1976.

Virginia Municipal Law

 

About This Guide

Our Virginia Legal Research Guide is designed to provide an introduction to basic resources for Virginia legal research. The guide links to electronic resources where available, and notes when the Law Library maintains the resource in its collection.


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