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Prince William Public Law Library

The Prince William County Law Library is committed to creating an environment that promotes open and equal access to legal information by maintaining a comprehensive collection in print and digital formats, and offering services to meet the needs of self-represented litigants, legal professionals, the judiciary, and county and other government officials.


Due to COVID-19, a reservation is required to use the Public Law Library. To make a reservation, please click on the image below  to be redirected to our online scheduling tool. 




HOURS                 Monday - Friday
                             Closed for Court Holidays 


LOCATION           The Law Library is located within the Prince William County Judicial Center.

9311 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110 3rd Floor Room 305
Google map 


CONTACT               Phone: 703-792-6262                      
                                 Email: lawlib@pwcgov.org                

COLLECTION

  • 6,939 volumes of printed materials
  • online catalog 
  • Local, state and federal codes, decisions, and forms
  • Self-help guides and resources
  • Materials in the library are for reference only and do not circulate
RESEARCH ASSISTANCE
  • Assistance in locating, accessing, and using resources in the collection
  • Staff cannot draft documents, do legal research, or offer legal advice.
COMPUTERS, PRINTING/COPYING, WIFI
  • Three public legal research computers and printers
  • Two PWC Bar Association computers and printer
  • Wi-Fi
  • Printing, copying, scanning, and word processing
  • Lexis Advance
MISSION              
Under the management of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Prince William County Law Library provides free access to legal materials for the public and legal community. The Law Library collects, maintains and preserves legal materials in both hard copy and digital forms for ease of use and universal access in an environment conducive to serious research, scholarship and self-help.



Prince William County Court System 

Prince William County Clerk of Circuit Court 

Prince William County District Court 

Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court 

Virginia Court System 

Virginia Court System, Case Status and Information 

United States Court System

United States Court System, Court Finder 

United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia 

United States District Court Western District of Virginia 

4th Circuit Court of Appeals 

United States Supreme Court 

 

LEGAL DECISIONS

 

Court of Appeals of Virginia (published and unpublished opinions from 1995)

Supreme Court of Virginia (from 1995) 

United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia 

United States District Court Western District of Virginia (select opinions only) 

4th Circuit Court of Appeals Opinions 

United States Supreme Court 

Google Scholar Case Law Search 

Virginia Lawyers Weekly  (Ct. of Appeals and S. Ct. opinions from 1998)

 

LAW and REGULATIONS

Local

Prince William County Code of Ordinances 

Municipal Codes of Virginia 

Code of the Town of Dumfries, Virginia (available on shelves)

Code of Ordinances, City of Manassas (available on shelves)


Virginia

Constitution of Virginia 

Code of Virginia 

Administrative Code of Virginia 

Virginia Legislative Information System (1994 to present) 

Virginia Register of Regulations 

Virginia Attorney General Opinions

Federal

Constitution of the United States (Annotated) 

United States Code

Code of Federal Regulations 

Congress.gov - U.S. Congress (1973 to present)


VIRGINIA LEGAL RESEARCH


Legal Research in Virginia, William & Mary Law Library 

Legislative History in Virginia, Library of Virginia 

Virginia Legal Materials, George Mason University Law Library

Virginia Legal Resources, University of Virginia Law Library Fairfax County Public Law Library

Virginia Legal Research, University of Richmond Law Library 

Virginia Research In-Depth, Georgetown University Law Library 

Virginia Public Law Libraries, Virginia's Judicial System 

Fairfax County Public Law Library

Fauquier County Public Law Library


 

GENERAL LEGAL RESEARCH

 

Findlaw.com 

Glossary of Terms Commonly Used in Court, Supreme Court of Virginia 

GovInfo 

Guide to Law Online 

How to Research a Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers, American Association of Law Libraries (PDF) 

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation, Legal Information Institute, Cornell University 

Legal Encyclopedia, Legal Information Institute, Cornell University 

Nolo Legal Encyclopedia 

Oyez  (covers the U.S. Supreme Court and includes some oral arguments)


LEGAL FORMS

 

Legal Services of Northern Virginia - provides pamphlets of information and forms related to various matters, including civil practice and procedure, consumer law, elder law, family law, and housing law.

Virginia Judicial System, Court Forms - various forms for Virginia Courts of all levels. Some include instructions and offer translations in Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.

 

LEGAL NEWS

 

Findlaw.com, Legal News 

Jurist, Legal News and Commentary 

National Law Journal, Law.com >

Virginia Lawyers Weekly 

Washington Post 

 

LAWYER DIRECTORIES

 

Martindale Lawyers Directory 

Virginia Lawyers Directory, Virginia State Bar

West Legal Directory (Findlaw)

 

SELF-HELP and LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICES

 

Lawyer Referral Organizations

 

Legal Services of Northern Virginia
(703) 778-6800

Prince William County Bar Association
(703) 393-2306

Virginia State Bar
(800) 552-7977

 

Self Help

 

Find Legal Help, American Bar Association

Free Legal Answers, American Bar Association (virtual legal clinic) 

Military and Veterans Legal Assistance Information, American Bar Association 

Self Help, Virginia Supreme Court 

Self-Representation Resource Guide, National Center for State Courts 

Virginia Advance Directives 

Virginia Legal Aid Society 

Virginia Restoration of Rights Information 

Legal Information PamphletsVirginia State Bar

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles 

Steps to Launching a Business, Virginia.gov

e-File, Virginia State Corporation Commission, e-File 

Virginia Public Law Libraries




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