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CET256 Legal Aspects of Surveying: Statutes

Instructor: Brad Lyon

What is a statute?

From Wikipedia: 

A statute is a formal written enactment of a legislative authority that governs a state, city, or county. Typically, statutes command or prohibit something, or declare policy. The word is often used to distinguish law made by legislative bodies from case law, decided by courts, and regulations issued by government agencies. Statutes are sometimes referred to as legislation or "black letter law". As a source of law, statutes are considered primary authority (as opposed to secondary).

Find Statutes by Type

  • Enter a search strategy
  • Under Select Database(s), locate Statutes and Regulations
  • Check the box next to United States Code Annotated and use the Table of Contents if needed
  • Click the Search button

Note: You can search just a specific section (or title) of the U.S. code by clicking on Table of Contents next to United States Code Annotated and checking off the box next to each title you wish to search

  • Click on US Legal on the left-hand side menu
  • Click on Federal Statutes, Codes & Regulations
  • Enter a search strategy
  • Leave the box checked next to Annotated U.S. Code (USCS)
  • Click the Search button

Note: You can search just a specific section (or title) of the U.S. code by clicking on Browse next to Annotated U.S. Code and checking off the box next to each title you wish to search

  • Enter a search strategy
  • Under Select Database(s), locate Statutes and Regulations
  • Check the box next to State Statutes and select Pennsylvania from the drop-down menu
  • Click the Search button
  • Click on US Legal on the left-hand side menu
  • Click on State Statutes, Codes & Regulations
  • Enter a search strategy
  • Select Pennsylvania from the drop-down menu
  • Check the box next to Statutory Code
  • Click the Search button
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