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JUAD 144: Introduction to Justice & Society: Find Statutes

Statutes - Start Here

Use this Cornell Law School website to locate the state where your crime took place.

Search Hint

Keep your search terms in mind; the newspaper may use different terminology than the law.

Step #1

From the list of states on the Cornell site, select the one that matches the location of the crime in the article you've chosen.

Step #2

Under Constitution and Legislation, select the link to the Statutes for your state.

Step #3

Each state statute website is set up differently, so take note of ways you have of searching the statutes. Options for finding your crime in the statutes include:

  • browsing the table of contents,
    • This is probably a good idea to do, regardless of how you search for the statute.
  • using a search box (if provided),
  • or using the Find feature (Ctrl-F) to search for your crime.

Take time to look at the search options; don't just start typing in the first box you see :)