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Legal System

Federal Government (enumerated powers)

US. Constitution

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Common Law (Stare decisis, precedent, case law)

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Precedent – What’s it all about?

Case Briefing (FIRAC)

Published on December 1, 2009 at 8:45 am  Comments (6)  


  1. This is a very comprehensive and informative site for the paralegal. I bookmarked the site for future use.


  2. PACE is a subscription website that will allow to see Federal case summaries. Los Angeles Inmate Locator will also give access to people arrested in Los Angeles County. This is helpfull when gathering information on a subject.

  3. Getting in touch with the courtroom clerk where the case is assigned to find information pertinent to a case is sometimes troublesome, particularly in busy courtrooms. The Los Angeles County has a centralized system where ANY clerk can access the case profile. So you can call any courtclerk to give you the information you need without waiting on hold for hours.

  4. Research Tools:

    Doing some internet-browsing on research tools…I stumbled across

    The PACER service provides on-line access to U.S. Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy court records and documents nationwide. The PACER Service Center is the Federal Judiciary’s centralized registration, billing, and technical support center for PACER.

    There is a per page fee for using the service….
    Do you have any experience with PACER?….

    • I have used it in the past to obtain copies of bankruptcy documents. Attorneys who practice regularly in Federal Court will have an account and can order documents. Their accounts are billed for the costs associated with getting the documents.

  5. Great resource. Thank you for making so much information available.

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