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Secondary Sources:

Research Guides

Legal Encyclopedia

  • Michie's Jurisprudence of Virginia and West Virginia, Ranges 228-229 (Virginia Materials) and 101 (Virginia Quick Reference Materials). Michie's Jurisprudence is the legal encyclopedia for Virginia. It includes an Index, Table of Cases, and other supplementary materials at the end of the set, as well as an outline at the beginning of each volume. The text analyzes and explains the law on a specific topic, and footnotes refer to specific cases, statutes, and other legal resources. Michie’s Jurisprudence is also available on Lexis (Law School users only).

Legal Newspaper

Judicial Materials:

An overview of the Virginia court system is available at Virginia's Judicial System.

Case Reporters

  • Virginia Reports, Ranges 228-229 (Virginia Materials). Reports of cases decided in the Supreme Court of Virginia, Virginia's highest court. Supreme Court decisions are also available from 1730 to present on Lexis (Law School users only), from 1790 to present on Westlaw, and from 1995 to present on Supreme Court of Virginia Opinions.
  • Virginia Court of Appeals Reports, Ranges 228-229 (Virginia Materials). Reports of cases decided in the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Court of Appeals decisions are also available from 1985 to present on Westlaw and Lexis (Law School users only). Additionally, published decisions of the Court of Appeals are available from 1995 to present on Court of Appeals of Virginia Published Opinions, and unpublished decisions are available from 1995 to present on Court of Appeals of Virginia Unpublished Opinions.
  • South Eastern Reporter, Range 205. Regional reporter for published Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions from Virginia. The South Eastern Reporter is also available on Westlaw and Lexis (Law School users only).
  • Virginia Circuit Court Opinions, Ranges 228-229 (Virginia Materials). Selected opinions from Virginia circuit courts since 1985. Circuit court opinions are also available from 1855 to present on Lexis (Law School users only).


  • Virginia and West Virginia Digest, Ranges 228-229 (Virginia Materials) and 101 (Virginia Quick Reference Materials). A subject index to cases based on the West Key Number System. Arranged alphabetically into more than 400 major topics and approximately 100,000 subtopics (i.e., key numbers), each key number focuses on a specific point of law with summaries of related cases. Preceded by a Descriptive Word Index and followed by a Table of Cases. The West Key Number System may also be accessed on Westlaw.

Court Documents

  • Virginia Supreme Court Records and Briefs. Records and briefs in granted cases from 1978 to 2007 are located in the Law Library Archives. Records and briefs in cases decided by opinion from 2000 to present are available upon request. Please see a Reference Librarian for assistance with the Virginia Supreme Court Records and Briefs collection.
  • Virginia Supreme Court Briefs. Available on HeinOnline. This collection of briefs corresponds to opinions from volumes 48-279 (1850-2010) of Virginia Reports.
  • Dockets. Virginia Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and some Circuit Court dockets are available since 2008 on Bloomberg Law and since January 2000 on Westlaw (Law School users only). Circuit court dockets are available for Accomack, Albemarle, Alleghany, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Arlington, Bland, Botetourt, Brunswick, Buckingham, Buena Vista, Charles City, Charlotte, Clarke, Craig, Cumberland, Floyd, Fluvanna, Goochland, Grayson, Greene, Greensville, Highland, King George, King William, Lancaster, Madison, and Mathews Counties.

Court Rules

  • Virginia Court Rules. Contained in Volume 11 of the Code of Virginia, Ranges 228-229 (Virginia Materials) and 101 (Virginia Quick Reference Materials), and on Lexis (Law School users only). Also contained in Volume 11 of West's Annotated Code of Virginia, Ranges 228-229 (Virginia Materials), and on Westlaw. Current Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia are also available at Virginia’s Judicial System.
  • Virginia Rules Annotated, Ranges 228-229 (Virginia Materials) and 101 (Virginia Quick Reference Materials).

Legislative Materials:

Code of Virginia

  • Codes of Virginia 191918871849, and 1819, and Interim Codes, Ranges 228-229 (Virginia Materials) and Special Collections. Superseded editions are also available on HeinOnline. The Code of Virginia is also retained in microfiche format from 1849 to present.

Session Laws

Legislative Documents

Administrative Materials:

Local Government Materials:


  • Charters. Charters (unofficial) of counties, cities, and towns in Virginia are available on the Virginia Law Portal.

Municipal Codes

Practice Materials:

Virginia Procedure and Practice

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

  • Virginia CLE, Ranges 228-229 (Virginia Materials) and RESERVE. Materials from Virginia CLE courses on topics such as Community Associations, Employment, Family Law, Estate Planning, Landlord-Tenant, Motor Vehicle Accidents, and many other practice areas. Often includes forms. Please use the catalog to find relevant CLEs. Search in the author field for “Virginia CLE” or “Virginia Law Foundation Committee on Continuing Legal Education”.


Jury Instructions

Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Virginia History:

  • Archive of Virginia Websites. Virginia Web Archive preserves websites of the Virginia state government, political office holders and candidates, and select organizations.
  • Biographical Directory of Virginia Justices. Supreme Court of Virginia Justices, 1779-present provides biographical information oe each justice who has served on the Supreme Court of Virginia since 1779.
  • Ephemera. Broadside Collection includes printed ephemera like broadsides, wills, political statements, and theatre bills.
  • Historical BooksRare Book Digital Collection includes over 50,000 titles, including early Virginia imprints.
  • Historical Newspapers. Virginia Chronicle contains digitized historical Virginia newspapers.
  • Manuscripts and Archival Collections. Virginia Heritage contains finding aids for information about manuscripts and archival collections across various Virginia repositories.
  • Other Digital Collections. The Library of Virginia's digital collections cover topics like Virginia History and Culture; Biographical and Genealogical; Maps and Architecture; County and City Research; Historic Virginia Government; and Land Office Patents & Grants.

Last edited October 31, 2014