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Criminal Law & Procedure

This research guide provides an overview of federal and state criminal law and procedure resources, with an emphasis on Georgia resources.

Purpose and Scope

Criminal Law is the vast body of law pertaining to acts that have been classified as crimes. While there are some traditional common law crimes, most crimes are created by local, state, and federal statutes. Criminal laws vary greatly from state to state. However, there is a Model Penal Code, which may be helpful for a better understanding of criminal liability generally.

This LibGuide is intended to be an introductory guide to conducting legal research on criminal law, criminal procedure, and other laws relevant to criminal justice topics, available in the Law Library and on the Internet. It focuses on federal and state law, secondary sources, and agencies and associations of interest.

General Criminal Law Websites

CALI Lessons

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction produces interactive lessons authored by legal scholars and professionals that cover substantive law, as well as legal research and writing. The lessons include a mix of background information and questions.

Study Aids

Developing a Research Strategy

Before diving into a research project, it's essential to have a strategy for how you will conduct your research. 

At the Law Library, we've developed a research worksheet that you can use to help organize the information you've been given and develop a plan for your research. Feel free to make copies and use it as you're given research assignments.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions of the authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the State of Georgia, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. Georgia State University College of Law and the authors of the works contained on this website do not assume or accept any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, currentness, or comprehensiveness of the content on this website. The content on this website does not in any manner constitute the issuance of legal advice or counsel. The information on this website is intended to provide resources that may aid the research of the topics presented, and are in no way a comprehensive list of sources one should consult on the topics presented. Please note that case law, statutory law, and administrative law may be modified and/or overturned. Additionally, because the laws vary between jurisdictions, the laws referred to herein may or may not be applicable to the law within the reader’s jurisdiction.