California Legal Research

Use this as a guide to researching California law using any of these three tools: Legal encyclopedias/treatises, Annotated codes, or Case Digests.

Session Laws

West’s California Legislative Service (1970-  )
Arranged yearly by chaptered law number and may
give the following information:

  • Chaptered law number,
  • The law as passed,
  • Bill number and title and author,
  • Code citation
  • Included since 1972, the Legislative Counsel’s Digest

KFC 25 C301 California Collection

Statutes and Amendments to the Code (1850- )
These are the official session laws arranged
annually by chaptered law number. May include:

  • 10 year table of code sections
  • affected,
  • Cross references from bill number to chaptered law number,
  • List of vetoed bills,
  • Bill number and title,
  • Law as passed,
  • Code citation.

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California Annotated Codes

Deering's California Codes Annotated
Annotations to code section will give chaptered law
number and other legislative history sources

  • Opinions of the Legislative Counsel; (See under "Bill Texts, Reports and Studies below)
  • Opinions of the Attorney General;
  • Law Revision Commission

KFC 30.5 D4 California Collection

West’s Annotated California Codes
Annotations will give chaptered law number and
other legislative history sources including, since
1955, cites to:

  • Published reports in the Journals of
  • the Senate and Assembly,
  • Law Revision Commission
  • comments,
  • Legislative committees comments,
  • Code Commissioners notes,
  • Opinions of the Attorney General.

KFC 30.5 W4 California Collection

West’s Superseded California Codes
These are older version of the California Codes.
They are arranged by subject and in alphabetical
order. Some contain Pocket Parts. Useful for
looking up what the Code was in particular year.
KFC 30.5 W4 1954-55 Microform Collection

Subject Guide