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Legal Resources
The following legal links may be helpful to you in your legal research. These sites are not endorsed by the County of Roanoke and may not be current. Always verify the accuracy of any information you find before relying on it to make a legal decision.

Local Resources and Legal Searches


Roanoke County Code 
Visit this page for a link to the Roanoke County Code hosted by Municode.

Law Library
The Roanoke County Law Library has a collection of legal reference materials that focuses on Virginia law. We have the Code of Virginia, reported cases from the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court, selected cases from Virginia Circuit Courts and more legal resources you can view. All materials are for reference only and cannot be checked out or leave the library.

Commonwealth's Attorney
Roanoke County's Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney is located in the Roanoke County Courthouse at 305 East Main Street, Salem, Virginia. The Commonwealth's Attorney handles criminal prosecutions and also administers the Public Defender's office. The Commonwealth's Attorney is an elected Constitutional Officer. For more information, contact the Commonwealth's Attorney at (540) 387-6174.

Legal Aid Society of the Roanoke Valley 
The Legal Aid Society of the Roanoke Valley is a private non-profit organization providing free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Virginia's Roanoke Valley.

Virginia State Bar Lawyer’s Referral Service
The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service (VLRS) assists the public with referrals to practicing members of the Virginia State Bar.

Legal Search Engine 
Contains links to a wide variety of internet sites that contain information about the law and legal issues.

Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University School of Law 
Legal information and articles, including a legal dictionary and encyclopedia.

Nolo Self Help Law Center for Consumers and Businesses 
Free legal information, forms, lawyer referral.  General information, not specific to Virginia state law.

Zimmerman's Research Guide 
An Online Encyclopedia for Legal Researchers. 

Online Directory of Lawyers
A directory of lawyers by geographic location and area of law.

Virginia State Resources

Code of Virginia
The Virginia code is hosted by Municode, a third party hosting agency. This link will open in a new window.

Virginia's Court System
The official website for the Virginia Court system. Here you will find general information, recent opinions of the courts, some forms and links to other state websites.

Virginia Legislative Information
Covers information on the Virginia General Assembly, bills, resolutions, state laws, and other administrative regulations. 

Virginia State Bar
Official website of the Virginia State Bar.

State Laws 
A listing of information about laws in other states.

Virginia Attorney General
Office of Virginia's Attorney General

Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Council
The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council, a state agency, is an office with the expertise to help resolve disputes over Freedom of Information issues.


Federal Resources

United States Code 
The United States Code is hosted at Cornell University.

Code of Federal Regulations 
The text of the Code that regulates the various agencies of the United States government. 

Legislative Information from the Library of Congress
This website contains valuable information on legislation currently active in Congress, such as bill status, sponsors, member voting records, and more.

FedWorld Network Information Home Page
FedWorld was established by The National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to serve as the online locator service for a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the Federal Government.

Federal Appellate Courts 
This site contains recent United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeals cases. 

United States Supreme Court
A source for recent opinions from the United States Supreme Court.

U. S. House of Representatives
The official website for the House of Representatives has a significant amount of information on Congressional members, Federal bills and laws. 

U. S. Senate
The official website for the Senate lists information on members and bills before the Senate. 

Internal Revenue Service
Tax information, rules, regulations, and more. 

Government Printing Office (GPO)
The GPO website contains the Federal Register, the Congressional Record as well as many other useful government documents.