California Law Collection

Our Collection:  

We have extensive collections of California Statutes, Regulations, Rules of Court and Rules of Professional Conduct in our archives.  Much is available in our Lehili automated archive.  The search tips below will help you find the documents available for automated retrieval at Lehili.

Enacted Statutes – Search field 2 format – c+# – example, chapter 222 of 1996 would be c222.  Search field 3 format – house + form of bill + number.  For example an Assembly bill would be ab+3.  Example ab231.  Senate Bill would be sb+# and the same format is applicable to other bill formats such as Assembly or Senate Constitional amendments (aca or sca).

California Code Sections:  Generally you do not use Search field 2 or 3.  Search fields 5 and 6 are the primary data points.  For search field 5 link to the abbreviation chart that specifies the format for particular codes.  Search field 6 requires you enter the Section number as it is in the code.

Regulations – Generally you will not use Search field 2 or 3.   Search field 5 and 6 will the primary data points.   In search field 5 use the Title + #, for example T18ccr would pull up materials from Title 18 of the California Code of Regulations.  The actual section number in search field #6 will narrow to your specific focus.

California Rules of Court – Generally you will not use Search field 2 or 3.   Search field 5 and 6 will the primary search data.   In search field 5 use crc.  The actual section number in search field 6 will narrow to your specific focus.  Please keep in mind the numbering system of the Rules of Court have been revised a number of times.

California Rules of Professional Conduct –  Generally you will not use Search field 2 or 3.   Search field 5 and 6 will the primary search data.   In search field 5 use rpc.  The actual section number in search field 6 will narrow to your specific focus.  Please keep in mind the numbering system of the Rules of Court have been revised a number of times.

If you do not find what you are looking for email research@lere.info and lets us know if what you are looking for is available but not yet incorporated into Lehili.

Links re Researching California Legislative and Regulatory History

Researching California Legislative History

Identifying California Legislative Documents

Researching California Regulatory History

Materials not included in lehili reports on California Legislation:

Transcripts/Recordings of Proceedings:  The California Legislature historically has not regularly recorded and/or transcribed committee or floor proceedings addressing individual bills, so such transcripts are extremely rare.  When printed hearing transcripts are available pertinent excerpts will be included. However, the California Legislature historically has not regularly recorded and/or transcribed committee or floor proceedings addressing individual bills, so such transcripts are extremely rare.

Prior to the mid 1960’s the California legislature regularly conducted hearings on particular subject matters in the interim period between sessions. These hearings generally addressed broader policy areas rather than the subject matter of specific bills. Pertinent excerpts from interim hearing transcripts are typically included in lehili reports.

In recent decades individual committees have sporadically recorded, and in some cases transcribed committee proceedings. In addition a select few committee, and many floor proceedings since the early 1990’s are available on videotape. Beginning in the 2003-2004 session an effort has been made to record almost all legislative proceedings in either audio or video format, although the effort is informal rather than mandated by legislative rules and procedures. These recordings available in all media are uniformly difficult and time consuming to access. In the vast majority of cases the comments on a particular bill at these proceedings are simplistic and general broad policy statements rather than the more detailed discussion found in the documentary history of the bill. Therefore our reports are generally compiled using documentary sources only. However if you would like to supplement the documentary history with a search for recorded proceedings applicable to the bill, please contact us.