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You & the Law

The resources provided here are not a substitute for professional legal advice. The library staff have no legal training and cannot conduct legal research for you. Library staff also cannot provide legal advice, interpretation, or assistance for you.

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
  • Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary: Basic definitions of legal terms.
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  • Dictionary: Search legal words and phrases.
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  • Encyclopedias

    Internet Resources

    Finding a Lawyer


    Author: Gaston County Public Library
    Title: You & the Law
    Revised: 20 June 2022

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