CALIFORNIA ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: A LEGAL RESEARCH GUIDE
Item #: 1006404
Pages: xix, 67p.
Published: Getzville; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2019.
Series: LEGAL RESEARCH GUIDES
Subjects: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW, LEGAL EDUCATION
California administrative law research can baffle new associates and experienced librarians alike. Sources are scattered across websites, print, and microfiche, with many major sources available only by contacting the state archives or finding a library with enough foresight to purchase duplicate print copies. Publications disappear and reappear and change names and formats with dizzying frequency, usually due to short-term political scuffles rather than careful long-term planning.
This guide aims to cut through the chaos by providing background and practical tips for researching California administrative law. Part II provides an overview of the history of California administrative law, emphasizing the legislative reforms and political struggles that have shaped the rulemaking and administrative adjudication processes and the often confusing array of administrative materials. Part III explains how to access and use current California regulations, including where to find them and how to use them in print and on Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, and free websites. Part IV explains how regulations are made, how to track proposed regulations, and how to compile comprehensive regulatory histories. Special coverage is given to the Title 24 building codes, explaining why they cannot be located in the same way as other regulations and identifying where to find current and historical copies. Part V describes how to locate other types of administrative materials, with an emphasis on administrative decisions. Finally, Part VI provides a bibliography of additional materials both for those seeking more in-depth information on specific areas of California administrative law and for those seeking more basic introductions to administrative law research.
Whatever the project, this guide seeks to provide readers with the necessary resources and background and to walk readers through the research process step-by-step.
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