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Eastern Monroe Public Library

Pennsylvania Law
Thomson West publishes Pennsylvania's laws in a set of volumes called Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes Annotated. The Hughes Library has a complete 107-volume set of the most recent editions of these books. It includes: a comprehensive general index; popular name table; and concise summaries of relevant state and federal judicial decisions. The set is located with the Reference collection on the second floor of the library. Click here for free online access to both the consolidated and unconsolidated Purdon’s Pennsylvania Statutes and Constitution.

The library also subscribes to the Monroe Legal Reporter, a publication of the Monroe County Bar Association. This journal publishes legal advertisements, estate notices, corporation announcements, sheriff's sales, tax sales and other public notices. In addition, the argument list, the criminal trial list, the Prothonotary’s report and a listing of miscellaneous recorded documents are published weekly. A limited number of legal forms are available online for downloading and submitting for publication in the Monroe Legal Reporter. An index to published opinions rendered in Monroe County court cases from 1992 to 2009 is also available online. Click here to reach the website of the Monroe Legal Reporter.

The Pennsylvania Bulletin contains statewide and local court rules; the Governor's proclamations and executive orders; actions by the General Assembly; rulemakings by state agencies; proposed rulemakings by state agencies; and state agency notices. EMPL currently subscribes to this publication but it is also available online.

Monroe County Bar Association
913 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360• phone: (570)424-7288
The Monroe County Bar Association assists local lawyers and the public of Monroe County by providing an opportunity for interaction, education and community related services. The Bar Association has grown to over 200 members and maintains a permanent center at 913 Main Street, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
North Penn Legal Services
10 North Tenth Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 • Phone: (570) 424-5338 • Toll Free: (800) 532-8282
North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) provides civil legal representation to low-income people and ensures equal access to justice for all. As a regional non-profit provider of civil legal aid for more than 40 years, NPLS offers assistance with these civil legal problems: consumer, education, family, elderly, housing, utilities, domestic violence, employment, and public benefits.
Pennsylvania Complaint for Custody  
This custody form is for PARENTS only. Click this link to go to a website where you can create a "Complaint for Custody" that you can use to start a NEW custody case. The site will ask you a series of questions about your custody situation and then create a custody complaint for YOU based on YOUR ANSWERS. This complaint can then be printed and filed in your local court. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form.
IMPORTANT: To use this form, you must use Internet Explorer as your browser and Microsoft Word as your word processor.
By: North Penn Legal Services

State is a guide to legal information and free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Pennsylvania. Here you can locate information on a variety of legal issues, as well as basic eligibility and contact information for the programs providing free legal assistance in Pennsylvania. This guide is a free service which is made possible through a grant from the Legal Services Corporation and the ongoing support of Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. and its member programs. The web site structure was created by Pro and content in the site is maintained by Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc., in conjunction with Neighborhood Legal Services Association.
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN)

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) is the state's coordinated system of organizations providing civil legal aid for those with nowhere else to turn. PLAN offers a continuum of critically needed legal information, advice and representation for low-income individuals and families who face urgent civil legal problems. These problems affect basic needs such as food, shelter, employment, consumer issues, healthcare, and family safety.
Pennsylvania General Assembly Legislation
Before Pennsylvania laws are published in Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes Annotated, they can be found as bills in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. This link is the official site for Pennsylvania House and Senate Bills from 1969 to the present and it allows for subject searching.

Unofficial Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes from West  
This site provides free access to both the consolidated and unconsolidated Purdon’s Pennsylvania Statutes and Constitution, as compiled and maintained by the editorial staff of Thomson/West, and made available here in an unannotated version under agreement with the Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau.

The Pennsylvania Code

The Pennsylvania Code is an official publication of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It contains regulations and other documents filed with the Legislative Reference Bureau under the act of July 31, 1968 (P. L. 769, No. 240) (45 P. S. §§ 1102, 1201—1208 and 1602) and 45 Pa.C.S. Chapters 5, 7 and 9, known as the Commonwealth Documents Law (CDL). It consists of 55 titles.
Jenkins Law Library is a private law library located in Philadelphia. Although fees must be paid to use most of the law library's services, the law library's website contains links to free legal information and nonlegal research links.
The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania - forms for the public


Find summaries and status reports for bills in Congress, the full text of House and Senate Committee reports, Congressional voting records, links to U.S. Congressional documents, primary documents in American history, and more.
Congressional Digest
An independent political digest, Congressional Digest presents pro and cons of issues before the U.S. Congress. EMPL subscribes to this monthly print publication and it can be found in the Current Magazines section at the Hughes Library.. Although the current month's issue does not circulate, older issues may be checked out.

Non-governmental Resources

Google Scholar
Find full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts using Google Scholar. Use this blog entry to learn how to search for legal opinions on Google Scholar.
Nolo's legal encyclopedia contains hundreds of free articles on everyday legal topics such as how to form a non-profit corporation, make a will, or avoid foreclosure. This website also offers low-cost legal forms that can be downloaded.
This site offers FAQs about a large range of common legal issues, and also low-cost downloadable do-it-yourself legal forms.
This website offers a very wide range of business and legal forms, documents and templates that you can download and modify to meet your needs. Most documents cost at least $10 to download, although a small number of them are free.
Create customized legal documents in minutes. Answer a few easy questions and print or download your customized legal documents instantly. Create Wills, Lease Agreements, Business Contracts and more.


last updated February 10, 2014