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Virginia Resources

This State Guide lists the major sources of law Virginia.


Print Digest:

Virginia and West Virginia Digest. Call Number: STATE 1st FLR KFV2457 .V5 (currently updated in Law Library).

Print Reporter:

Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of Virginia. Call Number: STATE 1st FLR KFV 2445 .A2 (v. 212 - currently updated in Law Library). This publication is also known as Virginia Reports.

Older editions are known as: Virginia Reports, Jefferson - 33 Gratton, 1730-1880 (v.1-74) or Virginia Reports Annotated, Reports of Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia (1882 - 1895, v.75-90), Reports of Cases in the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia (1896 - 1908, v. 91-108), Cases Reported in the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia (1909 - 1910, v. 109-110), Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia (1911 - 1971, v. 111-211).

Records & Briefs:

Some Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals historical records & briefs are available for on-site viewing at Univ. of Richmond's Muse Law Library.

More on Cases & Courts in General

Some state court dockets may be found in WestlawLexis (Research> Content Type > Dockets), and Bloomberg Law. National Center for State Courts offer links to public docket search engines for state and county courts when available. Also try searching for dockets on the court's web site.

Some Briefs and Trial Court Documents may be available in Westlaw. CourtLink and  Briefs, Pleadings and Motions may be found in Lexis.

To locate state court materials not available within Westlaw, Lexis or Bloomberg Law, see Dockets & Court Documents page in our Briefs, Oral Arguments and Other Court Documents Research Guide.

Some state appellate courts may make recordings of oral arguments and hearings available on their web sites.

Court rules may be found in Westlaw under Statutes & Court Rules and Lexis' Court Rules. Court rules may also be found within the court's web site.

Court statistics may be found on the court's web page, published in the court's administrative office annual reports.

Case Law Research Tutorial

Running time: 3:01 minutes

Created/updated: July 2019
Last reviewed: July 2019

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