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Statutes & Court Rules

Statutes refer to laws passed by state legislatures or the United States Congress. State and federal courts often involve interpretation of these statutes. Enactment of statutes can reverse established case law. 

Federal Statutes

Federal statutes start as bills passed by the United States Congress that are then signed into law by the President. The law is codified and published in the United States Code (USC), the official version of the federal statutory law. 

State Statutes

Codified state laws are published in state legislative codes. 

Court Rules

These are the rules that govern the procedures of conduct of business in the courts. The rules include time limitations, allowable pleadings, and grounds for appeal. Each jurisdiction has its method for enacting court rules. 

Searching by Keyword

To search for statutes by keyword searching from the Westlaw home page, using natural language or Boolean searching:

  1. Type your search phrase into the search box at the top of the page. 
  2. Select the jurisdiction from the drop down menu.
  3. Click Search. This will search all core legal content that can be filtered to Statutes. 
  4. Narrow down as needed using filters on the left panel. 


To search for statutes and court rules from the Statutes & Court Rules content page, click on the link for the content page from the Westlaw home page. Follow the steps above to conduct the search. Use the filters on the left panel of the search results to narrow down according to jurisdiction or by searching within the results. 


It is possible to browse statutes within each jurisdiction. Clicking on the Statutes & Court Rules link directs you to the content page for federal and state statute and court rule resources.

The Table of Contents service allows you to browse statutes, view a statute in the context of the statutes surrounding it, and quickly review and retrieve related sections. 

These Table of Contents are searchable and provide additional tools and resources.