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Government & Law

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Legal Resources

Legal Terms

These are legal terms you may see used frequently:

  • Law: A piece of legislation passed by a body with the power to make laws such as the U. S. Congress or a state legislature. Also known as a "statute".
  • Regulation: A rule or order, having legal force, issued by an administrative agency or a local government.
  • Ordinance: An authoritiative law or decree, especially a local regulation passed concerning the matters that state governments allow to be regulated at the local level.
  • Code: Laws or regulations arranged by subject.
  • Session laws: Laws arranged in the order they were passed (chronological order).
Dictionaries of Legal Words Encyclopedia

Legal Research

Finding a Lawyer

Divorce in North Carolina

State & Local

State Law


Local Law
Gaston County

City of Gastonia

NC Courts -

Court decisions that become a body of law in a jurisdiction are called case law.

Gaston County Courthouse -

325 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Suite 1004
Gastonia, NC 28052




Federal Laws
  • U. S. Code: The government website that includes national laws governing everything from the Congress, education, public lands, etc.
  • U. S. Code: A website by Cornell University; this may find it easier to search.
Federal Regulations
  • Code of Federal Regulations: Regulations made by Federal agencies ranging from food and drug regulations to firearms laws.
  • Federal Register: Includes Executive Orders, documents from the President, etc. 1936 to the present.
Federal Courts

The Gaston County Public Library does not have a case law collection and most online case law is only available for a fee through a vendor.


Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: You & the Law
Revised: 4 October 2022

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