In Legal Terms
In Legal Terms: Law Libraries
Guests: Patty Furr, Executive Director of Jackson-Hinds Library System and Ben Piazza, attorney and Chairman of the Capital Area Bar Association Law Library Committee
Professor Richard Gershon and Liz Gill with guests discuss opportunities for Mississippians to access legal databases through local libraries and law libraries.
Mississippi Library Commission
While staff at the Mississippi Library Commission can’t provide legal advice, they can look up specific statutes and court cases for patrons. The library has a subscription to a Legal Forms database that has Mississippi-specific forms on a variety of topics, from name changes to divorce to simple wills. It also has a notary on staff and can direct patrons to the appropriate circuit or chancery court in order to find out more information about filing the forms themselves.
The Harrison County Law Library offers Westlaw Patron Access to members of the public in both the First Judicial District Courthouse of Harrison County located at 1801 23rd Ave. Gulfport, and in the Second Judicial District Courthouse located at 730 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd Biloxi.
Jackson County Law Library Manager Faith Garbin called the show. The law library is open to the general public between the hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., on Friday. The library is accessible from inside the Pascagoula Public Library. A professional access pass is also available as well as printing and copying services to the legal community. http://www.jgrls.org/services/lawlib.html
All branches of the Jackson-Hinds Library System have access to WestlawNext which is a ground-breaking legal research system that represents the culmination of more than 100 years of West attorney-created editorial analysis and technological innovation. WestlawNext offers a clean, modern interface and powerful search functionality. WestlawNext allows users to search legal cases, state and federal laws, administrative codes, statutes and court rules, legal forms, and much more.
Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library System: The Law Library houses numerous law titles such as the Mississippi Code, Southern Reporter, Mississippi Digest, General Laws of Mississippi, U.S. Supreme Court Reporter, American Law Reports, Personal Injury, Federal Rules Digest, West’s Annotated Mississippi Code, Wharton’s Criminal Law, Wharton’s Criminal Law Evidence, Wharton’s Criminal Law and Procedure, American Jurisprudence, American Jurisprudence: Proof of Facts, American Jurisprudence: Trials, Mississippi Senate Journal, Mississippi House Journal, Federal Rules of Evidence Digest, U.S. Supreme Court Digest, US Code Annotated, Cyclopedia of Automobile Law and Practice, Summary of Mississippi Law. These books are available for use in the Library only and cannot be checked out. There are also two computers located in the Law Library and are linked to the Westlaw Database (in-library use only). The Library is not a legal aid office and does not provide legal assistance.
William Ballard, Esq, DeSoto County Law Librarian & Archivist called the show. He manages the Law Library Monday-Thursday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The DeSoto County Law Library offers access to many volumes of printed materials for your legal needs, as well as access to the Casemaker service. While he cannot give legal advice, Mr. Ballard can help you with your search and point you in the right direction. He can be reached at 662-429-4439 Ext. 114 or via email at email@example.com