This guide directs legal researchers to the best websites for locating legal information on the free Web. It includes finding tools and legal search engines as well as primary sources from our three branches of government, state and federal.
The U.S. House of Representatives publishes the current U.S. Code. This website includes a Popular Name Table and tables to determine code sections by Public Law number. It also allows researchers to retrieve code section by citation or search by keyword.
For many years, a revised set of the SC Code was published every ten years. Before 1902, the laws of SC were published in the SC Statutes at Large. South Carolina laws from 1790-1952 (with supplements though 1960) are accessible through the Internet Archive.
SC Acts and Joint Resolutions are arranged by legislative session and Act number before they are published in the SC Code by subject/title. Acts passed by the current session of the SC General Assembly as well as the full text of SC Acts from 1980 forward are accesible through the SC Legislature Online website.
Beginning in 2011, the Legislative Printing Office ceased providing print volumes of the SC Acts & Joint Resolutions. Volumes from 2011 forward are available in PDF format on the SC Legislature website.