Post Content

Understanding the structure of how legal literature is organized depends upon understanding how the three branches of government work. In Massachusetts, we can access primary source law from all three branches online.

walnutTree_78939037

 

Legislative material

Acts and Resolves: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Search  (1997-Date)

                           http://archives.lib.state.ma.us/handle/123456789/2   (1692-2009)
Each bill that becomes law is given a chapter number based on the chronological order in which it was adopted. These chapters are called Session Laws and are compiled on an annual basis.

Massachusetts General Laws: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/Search
        The laws are codified, organized by subject in a website maintained by the legislature.

Judicial material

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court Cases: http://www.masscases.com/ (1938-Date)
Also available from the Reporter of Decisions: https://www.lexisnexis.com/clients/macourts/
and in “Public Case Information”: http://www.ma-appellatecourts.org/index.php

Massachusetts Trial Courts Public Information: http://www.masscourts.org/eservices/home.page

Executive Branch material

Massachusetts Executive Orders: http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/laws-by-source/exec/
       Executive Orders are issued by the governor under various constitutional powers, some being “substantive instruments with the force of law.”

Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR): http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/laws-by-source/cmr/
      Massachusetts state agencies issue regulations, which are compiled in the CMR.

COMING TOMORROW
Massachusetts Legal Literature in a Nutshell: Secondary Source Law

Written By:

Tags: , ,

Recent Posts

Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lucy Stone posted on Nov 13

Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lucy Stone

Portraits in Massachusetts Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates. These pages provide links to biographical information abut people who have been particularly important in legal history in Massachusetts, as our government took shape in the cauldron of the American Revolution and grew and changed throughout   …Continue Reading Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lucy Stone

Word(s) of the month – suffrage posted on Nov 1

Word(s) of the month - suffrage

Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s word is suffrage. suffrage (sәf-rji). (14c) 1. the right or privilege of casting a vote at a public election. – Also termed right to vote.   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the month – suffrage

Index to blog post series about standing posted on Oct 22

In order to help navigating in and around our series about standing that was posted during the last two weeks, the following index may help: Words(s) of the month – standing posted October 16, 2019, from Black’s Law Dictionary, 11th ed., Bryan A. Garner, Editor   …Continue Reading Index to blog post series about standing