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Law Library News for March 8, 1999

Linda Kawaguchi, editor

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Culture Wars: Books & Computers in the Next Century

That's the topic of a talk to be given by Bob Berring, the Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law and Law Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley, on Monday March 8 at 3:30 p.m. in Kane Hall. There will be a reception following in the Walker-Ames Room in Kane Hall. In addition to being an expert in his field, he is also an exceptionally articulate and interesting speaker. You are all welcome to come hear his talk.

[Web Editor's note: A videotape of this presentation is available on Reserve in the Law Library at call number P91.25.B37 1999.]

Making the Move to MARIAN

by Cheryl Nyberg

On April 5th, MARIAN will make her public debut. MARIAN is the new web-based Gallagher Law Library catalog. The UW Libraries catalog is moving to the Web at the same time.

MARIAN will be available everywhere you have access to the World Wide Web. Upgraded computers will replace the existing X-terminals that are found in the Library.

Several new features will make the move to MARIAN exciting:

  • View your own library record: You will be able to see which books you have checked out and their due dates.
  • Place holds: If a book you want is already checked out, you can place a hold on the book so that it will be checked out to you when it is returned.
  • Jump to hypertext links: When a record for a book or document indicates that the item is also available on the World Wide Web, you can follow a link to jump automatically to the appropriate website.
  • Check received periodicals: For law reviews, looseleaf services, and other periodicals, you will be able to see dates of receipt and other information that will help you determine the currency and completeness of the title.
  • Because the web-based catalog operates differently that the existing library catalog, we will be offering numerous opportunities for you to meet MARIAN, including demos, hands-on training, and individual assistance. Look for announcements about these events in early April.

Washington Court Rules

by Sarah Griffith, Law Librarianship Intern

Court rules are an essential part of legal practice. They contain procedures for creating and filing documents, time limits on actions, and generally, how to practice before a given court. In order to locate and use the appropriate rules, the researcher must first figure out in what jurisdiction his case is taking place. This week we'll focus on court rules for Washington. In the next Crier (after break) we'll focus on federal court rules.

In Washington, there are rules governing the Washington State Supreme Court and the three divisions of the Court of Appeals, as well as the Superior Court, which is the court of general jurisdiction. There are also courts of limited jurisdiction in Washington, which include district and municipal courts. Municipal courts are the city courts; they enforce city ordinances. District courts are the courts of limited jurisdiction for the county, and include, for example, Small Claims Court and Traffic Court.

State rules govern the Superior Courts across the state, but individual courts within different counties may also have rules that apply only to their jurisdiction. Since there are not local variations on every rule, you must check both the state rules and the local rules for your jurisdiction to be fully informed.

You can find court rules in a number of places. West publishes a three volume paperback set, Washington Court Rules, KFW529.A198, at Reserve and in the Reference Office. There are separate volumes for state, federal, and local rules.

There are also sets of annotated court rules. The annotated court rules include cross-references, citations to law review articles, references to forms, and case annotations. One set is the Washington Court Rules Annotated, KFW529.A196 at Reserve, and the other is Washington Rules of Court Annotated, KFW529.A197, at Reserve.

To find all the local rules together, there is Local Rules of the Superior Court, Washington State, a two-volume looseleaf set, KFW529.A32 at Reserve. For the courts of limited jurisdiction there is a two-volume looseleaf at Reserve, KFW529.A2, State and Local rules of District and Municipal Courts. Court rules are also available online--CD Law has databases of court rules for many of the counties in Washington.

Court rules are published annually. To see if there have been any amendments or additions to the rules, check the advance sheets to Washington Reports, Second. Adoptions and amendments are published after the cases. Proposed rules are also published, with an address where you can send comments.

You can also Shepardize court rules with the Washington State Shepard's Citations, in the volumes covering statutes, available in the Washington Alcove and at Reserve.

Finally, many courts also publish their rules on the Internet. There are a number of sources available for finding court rules, so it is good to figure in what jurisdiction you are practicing, and whether you need only the text of the rules, or perhaps further information, like case notes or references to law review articles, when doing research on court rules.