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TMLL Research Guide - Chapter 4



Public Laws


Laws intended to be of general application


Private Laws


Laws passed for the benefit of an individual or small group of individuals


Slip Law


Separate publication of an individual act; may be distributed in pamphlet or electronic form


Session Laws


Publication of the laws enacted during a particular legislative session; laws are presented in chronological order; publication of bound official versions is often slow


Advance Legislative Service


Commercial publishers print session laws in pamphlet form before official versions are available; usually shelved at the end of an annotated code set 




Subject compilation of the public laws currently in force in a particular jurisdiction 


Annotated Code


Contains references to cases and other research aids in addition to the text of the code




May refer to the overall organizational scheme of a code, i.e. Title 18 of the U.S. Code includes federal criminal laws; or, may refer to the organizational scheme of a particular law, i.e. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sex-based discrimination in employment (42 U.S.C. § 2000e)


Uniform Law


Drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; states may adopt in its entirety or with changes; original versions of uniform laws are found in Uniform Laws Annotated which also contains notes on the status of adoption in the various states and references to state court decisions


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