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Research Guides

How can I compile a legislative history? How can I locate court opinions? To answer these and other frequently asked questions, we prepared some legal research guides. Use the guides as an aid for starting your legal research. The guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions.

Although these guides assist in locating legal resources, they are not a substitute for legal advice. Laws change frequently, so check that the resources you use are up to date. Consult with an attorney if you need legal advice.

Motion Guides

Our motion guides are general examples of how to bring an issue to the Court’s attention and be heard on the matter. You should edit them and add information unique to your circumstances. Word processing skills and knowledge specific to your situation are required to adapt these examples. Please note, we cannot guarantee our samples will meet your needs because laws and procedures change frequently. Also, your situation may involve factors requiring different procedures or forms. Consult with an attorney if you need legal advice or for help in adapting the forms to your situation.

Administrative Mandamus WritMotionCalifornia
Amending a Birth Certificate in CaliforniaResearchCalifornia
Appeals from Limited Civil, Small Claims, Misdemeanor and Infraction CasesResearchCalifornia
Appeals – Civil Appeals GuideResearchCalifornia
Bankruptcy GuideResearchCalifornia, U.S. Materials
California Annotated Codes – Research in Superseded Versions (Historical Research)ResearchCalifornia
California Briefs CollectionResearchCalifornia
California Civil Harassment and Domestic ViolenceResearchCalifornia
California Code of RegulationsResearchCalifornia
California Legislative History and AnalysisResearchCalifornia
Case ManagementResearchCalifornia
Changing Your Name or Gender in CaliforniaResearchCalifornia
Civics 101: Understanding Where Laws Come FromResearchCalifornia, U.S. Materials
Clean Up Your Criminal RecordResearchCalifornia
Common Case ConferencesResearchCalifornia
Court Rules – How to Find them at SDLLResearchCalifornia, U.S. Materials
Elder Abuse LawResearchCalifornia
Eviction / Unlawful DetainerResearchCalifornia
Ex Parte ApplicationsMotionCalifornia
Family Law Discovery and ContemptResearchCalifornia
Family Law – Divorce 101ResearchCalifornia
Federal Indian Law and Tribal LawResearchCalifornia, Indian, U.S. Materials
Federal Legislative HistoryResearchU.S. Materials
Federal Search & Seizure: Motion for Return of PropertyMotionU.S. Materials
Foreclosure ResourcesResearchCalifornia
Getting Your Affairs in OrderResearchCalifornia
Homestead – Protecting the Equity in Your HomeResearchCalifornia
Immigration LawResearchCalifornia
Internet Resources for Starting a Small BusinessResearchCalifornia
Landlord's Guide to Rent Increase & Eviction NOTICESResearchCalifornia
Law Practice ManagementResearchCalifornia
Marsden Motion – Replace Appointed Public DefenderMotionCalifornia
Medicare, Medicaid and Medi-CalResearchCalifornia, Other, U.S. Materials
Military Guide: Law, Benefits, & ResourcesResearchCalifornia, Other, U.S. Materials
Motion for Return of Seized Property – California Search & SeizureMotionCalifornia
Motion to Vacate a Default JudgmentMotionCalifornia
Opposing a MotionMotionCalifornia
Pet Ownership Disputes ReasearchCalifornia
Pleading Paper – Template - CaliforniaMotionCalifornia, Creating Pleadings
Pleading Paper – Template - FederalMotionsU.S. Materials, Creating Pleadings
Power of AttorneyResearchCalifornia
Probation & Sentencing Motions (Modify, Terminate, Reduce)MotionCalifornia
Published and Unpublished CasesResearchCalifornia, U.S. Materials
Remote AppearancesResearchCalifornia
Requesting Government RecordsResearchCalifornia, U.S. Materials
Responding to a Civil Lawsuit in California Superior CourtMotionCalifornia
Service Animal BasicsResearchCalifornia, U.S. Materials
Service of Notice and Other PapersResearchCalifornia
Service of Summons and ComplaintResearchCalifornia
Small Claims CourtResearchCalifornia
Starting A Civil LawsuitResearchCalifornia
Tax LawResearchCalifornia, U.S. Materials
Water LawResearchCalifornia
Water Law – Arizona v. California Spotlight CollectionResearchCalifornia