Law and Government Information
This list of links and resources will help you locate legal information and assistance. If you need help navigating these resources, contact the Johnson City Public Library Adult Services Department at (423) 434-4454. You can find additional resources by searching the library’s catalog.
The Johnson City Public Library staff can help you locate and teach you to use library resources to accomplish your research goals. You have the responsibility to perform your own research or hire a trained legal professional. We cannot give you legal, medical, or business advice. We cannot fill out forms for you.
The Tennessee Supreme Court created this legal resource to help Tennesseans locate legal information and assistance and to connect legal professionals with ways to offer legal help. Find definitions for legal terms and information about the court system in Tennessee. Locate resources by county, download court forms approved by the Tennessee Supreme Court, and learn how to represent yourself in court. The website also connects to mediation resources to help settle disputes out of court.
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Legal Aid of East Tennessee provides free civil legal assistance for the elderly, victims of domestic violence, and low-income families. Visit their website to locate legal resources online and to view their upcoming free legal clinic schedule. Legal professionals can also find ways to help through Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Project.
Download an electronic version (pdf) or request a print copy of this outstanding resource, produced and updated by the Tennessee Bar Association. Find information on a wide range of topics for seniors and their supporting family members including financial assistance, health care, long-term care and housing, and personal safety and security.
This website is a good first step to locate resources on various civil law topics. Find national, state, and regional information, as well as court forms and information on representing yourself in court.
Eligible Tennesseans (visit their website for the guidelines) who have a civil legal issue can anonymously ask up to three questions per year. A team of volunteer lawyers review and answer questions within 7-10 business days.
TALS is a state-wide non-profit organization that helps provide legal information and services for low-income and elderly Tennesseans. Click on “Find Representation” to find local resources and offices that provide civil legal assistance.
Find the Tennessee court dockets for participating counties.
The website for the Administrative Office of the Courts of Tennessee provides information about the state court system. Click on Information for Citizens to search court opinions, find judicial biographies, and find legal resources such as Court Rules and the Tennessee Legal Code. The Tennessee Judicial District Map provides links to district courthouses and contact information for county clerks.
Tennesseans with civil legal issues may call this toll free number any time, and a licensed Tennessee lawyer will offer free legal information and referrals to low-income individuals.
Federal Legal Information
Find definitions for legal terms. Also, read the text of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.
Find the voting records for your representatives in Congress and track bills and resolutions.
This site provides legal information on taxation, healthcare, and immigration.
Nolo, the creators of respected legal guides, provides a great deal of free legal information on their website. If you require more in-depth legal help, you can also use the Nolo Lawyer Directory to search for a lawyer by type of practice and location.
Use the Court Locator Map to find courts in your district, search PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records), and find court forms at the federal level of government.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is responsible for granting patents and registered trademarks to inventors and businesses. Their website offers many useful tools, including the ability to search databases of patents and registered trademarks, learn about the legal protections these offer, and find out how to procure them. The site provides information on U.S. and international intellectual property law.
Help for Veterans
Search the NOVA Advocate Directory to find lawyers trained to assist with veterans’ benefits.
This website connects United States veterans with legal information and assistance.
Immigration Law Help
Search by state to find legal assistance resources for immigrants.