The Fabric of LawConstitution, Common Law, Statutory, Administrative, Executive,Treaties, etc.Federal, State, Local
The law leaves a “paper trail”•Need to be able to figure out what has been decided/passed before(precedent)•Need to know how current decisions/laws fit into that history•Need to be able to find out if a 1945 court decision is still valid•Increasingly, the “paper trail” is digital . . . .but the paper organization is stillimportant
Reporters and DigestsReporters = ChronologicalDigests = By TopicReporters = usually one court (system), agency, or bodyDigests = often combining of multiple courts, statutes, etc.