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Virginia Resources

This State Guide lists the major sources of law Virginia.

Statutes

After their initial chronological publication (see Session Laws section in this Guide), all laws of a general nature passed by the General Assembly are compiled by subject in The Code of Virginia.

The Code of Virginia, 1950: Published by LexisNexis, is the official version of The Code. The text of the statute is followed by a brief legislative history of the law. There are cross-references to related statutes and Rules of Court, and annotations containing references to case law, law review articles and other secondary sources.

West's Annotated Code of Virginia: An unofficial version of the Virginia Code. The text and organization are the same as the official code. However, the annotations and finding aids are different. This Code version was first published in 2001, and includes some advantages such as West key number annotations and a modern index. The print version is updated with annual pocket parts and a semiannual Interim Annotation Service. The text of the statute is followed by a brief legislative history of the law. There are cross-references to related statutes and Rules of Court, and annotations containing references to case law, law review articles and other secondary sources.

Code of Virginia on Bloomberg (unannotated)

Historical Statutes:

Research Guide:

Statutory Research Tutorial

Running time: 4:02 minutes

Created/updated: January 2019
Last reviewed: January 2019

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