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North Carolina Legal Research: Home




Law takes many forms. The North Carolina Constitution provides a broad framework for the operation of state government. Session laws enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly are codified in the General Statutes. Court decisions offer interpretations of the law. Rules established by state agencies as authorized by the legislature have the force of law. On the local level, county or city ordinances also regulate citizens’ actions. This guide lists the major sources one can use to conduct basic legal research on the state and local level. For additional information, see:

Guide developed by Bryna Coonin, Maury York (updated 10/2009)