The Law Library Collections in the Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport public libraries contain materials for use by the public, for free, to assist in researching common legal questions or issues. Many of the materials are available to check out with your Mono County library card. Library staff can help you locate and navigate materials and refer you to additional legal resources and experts. Library staff cannot provide legal advice or comments on specific scenarios or laws.
USEFUL LOCAL ONLINE LEGAL RESOURCES AND WEBSITES:
The Superior Court of Mono County website contains information about the county court system, as well as numerous resources including:
Local ordinances can be found at these links:
The nearest California Tribal Court is the Bishop Paiute Tribal Court.
NEW! Eastern Sierra residents facing eviction or homelessness can get free legal assistance under the Remote Housing Assistance Program coordinated by the local California Indian Legal Services team. This assistance is not limited to tribal members and is available to residents of Mono, Inyo and Alpine Counties via their office in Bishop or via any of their remote video link workstations. Mono County stations can be found at Bridgeport and Walker Social Services Offices, Lee Vining Library, and the Mammoth Lakes Housing office in Mammoth Lakes. Watch this 3 minute video to learn more or follow this link for specific contact details: https://www.calindian.org/rest/.
NEW! EBSCO's Legal Information Reference Center contains full-text e-books to help you navigate everyday legal issues from home/work/school. All you need is a valid Mono County Library card to use these books for free! Many of the titles are the digital versions of the same Nolo Press books we have in our print Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport collections. Please contact your local Mono County Library branch location to get a library card.
ADDITIONAL CALIFORNIA STATE AND FEDERAL ONLINE LEGAL RESOURCES:
Additional information about common legal topics, the California court system, and programs administered by the California Judicial Branch can be found on the California Courts website, including additional Self-Help categories in English and Spanish, and free online legal forms, many available in Spanish.
The State Bar of California provides many resources for the public, including lawyer referral services, legal resources relating to immigration, and information for finding free legal help.
California's county public law libraries have created an online service that lets you chat live with a law librarian. The librarian can suggest or guide you to free online legal resources, recommend books and research techniques, and answer factual questions. Law librarians CANNOT interpret the law or give legal advice. Use the online Ask a Law Librarian service for research advice.
Online video tutorials on basic legal research issues are available for viewing for free from these resources:
The Council of California County Law Libraries has created a 'mini-research guide' designed to step an individual through the basics of legal research.
TheLawDictionary.org features Black's Law Dictionary Free Online Legal Dictionary 2nd Edition. Black's Law Dictionary is the leading law dictionary in the United States.
FindLaw has a number of basic legal resources free for the public to use.
STATE AND FEDERAL CODES, REGULATIONS, EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND JUDICIAL OPINIONS CAN BE FOUND IN THESE ONLINE RESOURCES:
- California Law Codes
- California Code of Regulations
- The California Appellate Courts Case Information System provides case information for California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases, including copies of opinions, both published and unpublished. Case information is updated once an hour throughout the business day.
- United States Code
- United States Code of Federal Regulations
- The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
- Searchable Federal and Supreme Court opinions at Findlaw.
- The official Supreme Court of the United States website.