Finding a law or case can depend on knowing the jurisdiction of the court. In most cases these jurisdictions fall under three categories: federal, state and local.
Links to these three different courts can be found below.
Knowing which Jurisdiction can help in searching the right databases and navigating to the right webpages. The Library of Congress has an excellent Legal Research Guide that is divided by jurisdictions. Check it out by clicking the link below.
Other useful information to gather before you search:
These legal digital repositories will help you find open access law journals which give legal analysis of laws and court cases
All Code citations are created by the Title and/or Chapter and Section where that code is located. Each of these components create a number.
Federal laws and codes:
California State laws and codes:
Merced County laws and codes:
FindLaw is a resource that can search across various jurisdictions, from the U.S. Supreme Court down to particular States. You can search by the type of law, jurisdiction or practice area. Utilize the links below to search different parts of the FindLaw database that relate to federal cases.
Another resource for searching federal cases comes from the Legal Information Institute, a database provided by the Cornell University Law School.