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Legal Research

The Palm Beach County Library System holds legal materials such as statutes, codes and regulations for local, state and federal law, with the largest collection at the Main Library. The Library also owns helpful resources such as legal encyclopedias, self-help guides, and books of legal forms. In addition, our Legal Research web page contains links to a variety of online legal resources to assist users with their information needs.

Consumer & Legal Referral

A Florida Division of Consumer Affairs clearinghouse for complaints, information.

Florida Rural Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to indigent families and low-income elderly people in thirteen counties of South Central Florida. They also provides legal assistance to migrant workers throughout the state of Florida.

A guide to free and low-cost legal aid, assistance and services in Florida.

Provides free (pro bono) legal assistance in civil matters to the disadvantaged.

Sample thousands of legal forms including State, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate, and General forms, as well as a wide variety of business letters.

A county agency that handles consumer inquiries and mediates disputes. Site includes local Business Look-up and Filing E-Dispute form.

A guide to the Palm Beach County Court System legal self-help center.

The Palm Beach County Law Library provides the public with access to legal information resources and services. There are two libraries: one is located on the first floor of the Main Courthouse; the second is located on the second floor of the South County Courthouse.

County Legal Resources

Local government audit and investigative reports.

Palm Beach County Code of Ordinances and local Municipal Codes provided by the Municipal Code Corporation.

Reference. R 348.75932 Pal

Reference R 352.12 Pal


General Employees. Reference. R 352.0051 Pal

Reference. R 352.96 Pal

Indexed full-text zoning resolutions approved by the County Commission from 1971 to current.

Interactive Code and PDF version.

Florida Legal Resources

House and Senate bill information. Florida Legislature

State rules and regulations updated by Florida regulatory agencies and filed with the Florida Department of State.

(Current + 1 year) Legal Docs.

Current 2010 Florida Building Code and earlier editions.

Florida's open government Sunshine Law and Sunshine Manual.

(Current + 4 years) Legal Docs.

Includes 1997 - current editions online. Print version:Legal Docs. R 345.22 Flo

Current Executive Orders with Archives.

General and special laws enacted by the Florida Legislature in a given year.

Statutes, case law and regulations for Florida and 49 other states.

Find-a-Lawyer Services

Locate lawyers by name, type of practice--has listings for US, Canada and many other countries.

This directory lists active, inactive, and retired members of The Florida Bar.

Lawyer Referral Service FAQ, Speakers Bureau information and resources for the public.

FindLaw's database of 1,000,000 lawyers and firms.

Federal Legal Resources

(Print - Current, Microfiche 1985-1995) Legal Docs.

Current bills and legislation.

Official records of proceedings and debate in Congress.

U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and Amendments. R 342.73023 Uni

Daily record of actions by the U.S. Congress.

U.S. Office of Government Ethics

President of the United States. U.S. Code. R 340 Uni (1953 - current).

Search engine for federal documents.

Federal Register on microfiche 1983-1993 available at the Main Library.

(Standards - 29 CFR)

United States Code Congressional and Administrative News. (Print- Current + 7 years, Microfiche- 1941-1979) Legal Docs. R 340 Uni

Office of Management and Budget.

Legal Information Institute

Annotated. Legal Docs. R 340 Uni

Law Enforcement Sites

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) database.

Inmate searching is now available for 30 Florida Counties.

Florida's searchable database of sexual predators and sex offenders.

Offers searchable databases for fugitives, sex offenders, current and released inmates.

Information sites indexed by the Florida Attorney General

A digital citizen crime reporting system provided by the Sheriffs Office.

Local 'Crime Mapping' is displayed by type of criminal activity, location and date.

Provides arrest records made by law enforcement agencies in Palm Beach County

Legal How-To Guides

Legal procedure online pamphlets in English and Spanish.

Florida court case opinions, orders, dockets, briefs, rules and ethics advisory opinions.

A one-stop legal research site provided by the State Library of Florida.

Civil rules and actions for Florida's county and circuit courts.

Judicial & Case Law Sites

15th Judicial Circuit serves Palm Beach County.

Search engine for civil and criminal case summaries in the 15th Judicial District, Palm Beach County.

Online court dockets and court case opinions.

Florida Supreme Court, District Courts, Circuit & County Courts.

15th Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County.

View Florida Collection case law opinions, 1886 - current. Access database from the Main Library.

U.S. courts locator and statistical information.

Site provides court contacts, immigration forms, legal aid list and FAQ.