Legal Research Basics
The purpose of legal research is to find legal authority that will support your position, help you oppose the other side's position, or generally aid you in understanding your situation or legal problem. Learn where you can go to do legal research and what types of materials are available.
Your local law library is a great place to start your search for information about whatever legal problem you might be facing. They sometimes offer free legal sessions and free ask-a-lawyer appointments where you can get information and advice. Visit this section to learn more about law libraries in Nevada.
"Nevada Statutes" are the written laws passed by the Nevada legislature. Read this section for more information about the Nevada Statutes and where to find them.
Court Decisions ("Case Law")
Prior court decisions are referred to as "case law." Case law is the body of written decisions from judges that explain how the law should be interpreted to apply to different situations. Read this section for more information.
All courts have "rules," which describe the procedure courts follow when adjudicating lawsuits or appeals. These rules govern things like how a lawsuit is started, the types and content of documents that can (or must) be filed, the various deadlines that attorneys (and self-represented litigants!) must comply with, etc. Read this section to find links to rules that may apply to your case.