The four Witkin treatises are well known in California and are valuable when researching California law. The treatises are all available in print in the Heafey Law Library. The treatises are also on Westlaw and Lexis, available to law students, law faculty and law staff, and to others with individual Westlaw and Lexis passwords.
This guide introduces each of the Witkin treatises, discusses some of their common features, suggests research strategies, and links to additional information about E.B. Witkin and the treatises.
The sixteen volume Summary of California law, now in its 10th edition,
covers major topics in California law.
The ten volumes in California procedure cover civil and administrative procedure.
California evidence consists of three volumes, covering rules of evidence
in both civil and criminal proceedings.
California criminal law contains six volumes on elements of crimes, defenses,
criminal procedure, evidence, and trials.
The Witkin Legal Institute, responsible for producing the treatises, maintains a website
with useful information about the treatises and their original author.
Indexes and Finding Tools
The Witkin treatises in print are updated by annual pocket parts (or paperback supplements), with their own indexes and tables. The contents of print updates are incorporated into the electronic versions of the treatises on Westlaw and Lexis.
Each Witkin treatise has its own subject index, a table of contents, table of cases, and table of statutes, constitutions, and rules.
The Witkin combined index is a print index to the contents of all four treatises.
Law California Collection KFC80 .W52
There are also print volumes which combine the tables for the four treatises:
- Witkin combined table of cases
- Law California Collection KFC80 .W523
- Witkin combined table of statutes and rules
- Law California Collection KFC80 .W52
The text of each of the four Witkin treatises is available on Westlaw and on LexisNexis as a searchable file.
LexisNexis and Westlaw each combine the four Witkin treatises into a single searchable file:
- WITKIN on Westlaw
- CAL;WITKIN on Lexis.
Westlaw, but not LexisNexis, also makes the combined subject index and combined tables available as a searchable file: