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Law: QuickStart Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for finding legal information and is intended for public library users and librarians.

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

Trial Court Law Libraries Home

Massachusetts Laws in the News

For recent legislation, search the Session Laws which are arranged in chronological order.  For current bills before the Massachusetts General Court (legislature), click on Bills Search.  Sign up to receive a free State House newsletter called MASSterList.

For a specific day's legislative information, search the Senate and House Journals.

Governor's Corner

Massachusetts General Laws

General Laws, Bills & Session Laws  (includes Acts & Resolves Index by year, 1997-present). 

Bills in the news?  Here are some Help Tips

To see if a law has been updated since it was passed, search the General Laws by keyword plus year, or by chapter and section of the codified general laws and look for any italicized text in brackets.  Check the back of the volume when you are using the print version for the same citation in the pocket part annual update.

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL COURT WEBSITE NOTICE: This is NOT the official version of the General Laws of Massachusetts. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the data provided, do not rely on this information without first checking the Official Edition of the General Laws of Massachusetts. If you are in need of legal advice or counsel, please consult a lawyer.

Bills, Acts & Resolves

The Massachusetts Legislature is known as The General Court of Massachusetts.  Acts and other resolutions passed by the legislative body are found here.  The chapter numbers identifying the acts are entered in numerical order as passed.

State Library

Vintage postcards of the State Library now available through Flickr.

Massachusetts Public Record