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U.S. Supreme Court
This is the web site of the United States Supreme Court, providing the docket of cases and full text access to recent opinions and orders starting in 2005.
Bureau of Justice Statistics
This is the major portal for statistics relating to the criminal justice system throughout the United States. It includes information on crime, criminals, law enforcement, corrections, courts and sentencing.
Wisconsin Statutes
This site provides access to the Wisconsin statutes as a searchable database/index and allows retrieval of portions of the statutes in pdf format.

United States Sources

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
The NCJRS is a searchable database of criminal justice information publications, articles and online information. The database provide full text and/or online access to much of the information.
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics provides statistics and survey information relating to the criminal Justice system throughout the United States. It includes information on crime, criminals, the court system, corrections, and law enforcement.
FBI Uniform Crime Reports
This provides online access to the"indexed crime" that is reported by local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The FBI web site provides information about its history, mission, current operations, most wanted list, and employment opportunities.
Department of Justice
This is the web portal to the agency that oversees the justice system of the United States.
Federal Judiciary
This is USA.gov's portal to the judicial system of the United States.
OYEZ - U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia
This site provides audio and video access to information related to our highest court including audio of oral arguments and opinions of the court.
U.S. Courts (Map)
This is a map outlining the federal judiciary system with links to the federal districts.
Law Library of Congress
This is the web portal for the Library of Congress's legal information including some digitized information and collections.
Core Documents of Democracy
This site provides access to the foundation documents of our democracy, including the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, Gettysburg Address, the Constitution of the United States, and more.
Code of Federal Regulations
This site provides online access to the regulations in place that our federal agencies use to enforce the laws of the United States.
United States Code
This is an online database of the laws of the United States.
United States Sentencing Commission
This is the web site of the agency that provides sentencing guidelines for the various jurisdictions of the United States.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
This is the web portal for the ATF. (Note: this site may not be accessible from computers with higher levels of security; if "access denied", adjust your browser's security level or contact your network administrator.)
Federal Register
This is the online version of the Federal Register, which announces pending changes to the rules and regulations governing the operation of the U.S. Government.
United States Copyright Office
This web site of the Library of Congress provides information about copyright and how to apply for copyright protection.
United States Patent and Trademark Office
This site provides access to the application procedure for patents and trademarks and also provides a database of digitized patents and trademarks including original graphic drawings.
Military Legal Resources
This page from the Library of Congress provides access to the legal resources made available by the United States military.
Treaties In Force 2009
This is the most recent edition of this publication, issued by the Department of State.
Public and Private Laws of the United States
This site, presented by FDsys, provides access to public and private laws of the United States back to the 104th Congress (1995-1996).
Thomas - Legislative Information from the Library of Congress
Thomas is a database of information about Congressional Bills back to the 101st Congress (1989-1990) that have been considered, including those that have become law (with links to the Official Congressional Record).
Regulations.gov
This is an online database that allows searching for proposed rules and regulations and final rules that appear in the Federal Register. It also allows users to make comments and to view other comments to proposed regulations
Popular Name Table
This is a link to the popular name table of acts in the United States Code. This site is maintained by the Law Revision Council of the United States House of Representatives.
United States Statutes at Large (Digitized)
This is a link to the official version of the United States Statutes at large maintained on the FDsys web site. Scroll down the page as it is listed in the collection in alphabetical order.

Wisconsin Sources

Crime and Arrests in Wsconsin (WILEnet Justice documents library)
This is the online version of this annual publication which tracks the crime and arrests reported by law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Department of Justice
This is the portal to the Justice Department of Wisconsin, headed by the Attorney General. This site provides access to the Attorney General's opinions and information essential for administration of justice in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
The Department of Corrections provides information about Wisconsin prisons, correctional facilities, and community correction (including probation and parole).
Wisconsin Courts (Circuit Court Cases)
This site provides access to CCAP(Circuit Court Automation Program), a database of some of the records from the Circuit Courts of Wisconsin, including charges and disposition of criminal and civil cases.
Wisconsin Administrative Code
The Wisconsin Administrative Code contains the rules and regulations that govern the enforcement of the laws of Wisconsin by the agencies of Wisconsin government.
Wisconsin State Law Library
The Wisconsin State Law Library provides legal research materials online, including cases and opinions from Wisconsin, briefs to Wisconsin Supreme Court Cases and printable/downloadable forms for proceedings in Wisconsin courts.
License Lookup - State of Wisconsin
This site, maintained by the Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL), has a searchable database of professional licenses granted to those occupations requiring DRL licensing. The database is searchable by individual name, licensed organization name, and/or license number.
City of Oshkosh Municipal Codes
This site provides online access to the municipal codes and ordinances for the City of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Acts
This site provides access to the laws passed by the state legislature and signed into law by the Governor of Wisconsin. An archive of acts in pdf format is provided going back to 1969-70.
Wisconsin Statutes
These are the laws of Wisconsin that are currently in force, provided in a NXT Infobase (database) format and also available here in pdf format. This site also provides an archive of the statutes dating back to the 1969-70 session.
Wisconsin Law Archive
This site provides access to the acts passed by the Wisconsin State Legislature (current and an archive back to 1969-70)and an archive of the Wisconsin Statutes (back to 1969-70)and the Wisconsin Constitution in pdf format is provided going back to 1990.

International Sources

International Court of Justice
This is the web portal of the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, which has its seat in the Hague.
International Criminal Court (ICC)
This is the web portal of the ICC, which is described as "an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The ICC is based on a treaty, joined by 108 countries."
INTERPOL
This is the web portal for INTERPOL, the world's largest international police organization with 186 members.
Home Office - United Kingdom
This agency of the government of the United Kingdom is responsible for the administration of the justice system.
Home Office Publications - United Kingdom
This site provides access to publications of the Home Office regarding the administration of the justice system of the United Kingdom.
United Nations Treaty Collection
This is the English version to the digital collection of United Nations treaties, including historical ones.
Global Legal Information Network
The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations.
World Intellectual Property Organization
The World Intellectual Property Orgnization is the United Nations Agency that promotes the uses of intellectual property for innovation and creativity.
World Trade Organization
This international organization deals with the rules of trade between nations. Their primary mission is an an international legal organization.
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