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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.

Study Aids

Visit the Law Student Study Aids section of the Law Library for books that provide definitions and explanations of criminal law topics.

In addition to these hornbooks, flashcards and audio CDs are available at circulation.

Law Reviews and Journals

Law reviews and journals dealing with criminal law can be found on HeinOnline, Westlaw, or LexisNexis


Law students will need to log-in with their Westlaw or LexisNexis usernames and passwords. For a more complete listing click here.

Model Penal Code and Commentaries

The Model Penal Code (MPC) is a proposed criminal code drafted by the American Law Institute. Since its creation in 1962, it has influenced a number of states to update and standardize their penal codes. The current form of the MPC was last updated in 1981.

The MPC is not law in any jurisdiction of the United States; however, it has served as a basis for the replacement of existing criminal codes in over two-thirds of the states, and many states have adopted portions of the MPC.

GIL-Find Catalog Search

The Law Library has a number of books devoted to criminal law.  These are great resources to utilize when picking a topic or starting your research.

These are some general search suggestions.  You can narrow your search by using a more specific term such as "Habeas Corpus" either with "criminal law" or alone.  In general, call numbers for Criminal Law are in the range of KF 9219 and Criminal Procedure are in KF 9619.

Online Statistics


CRS Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves the Congress throughout the legislative process by providing comprehensive and reliable legislative research and analysis that are timely, objective, authoritative, and confidential, thereby contributing to an informed national legislature.

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