Idaho in the United States

Idaho Legal Materials

Internet links to government agencies, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by the Idaho State Law Library, FindLaw and WashLaw Web. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis and Westlaw. Google Scholar, Versuslaw and Fastcase have cases back to 1950. Supreme and appellate court cases are published in the Pacific Reporter.

You can look up the status of pending bills through the Bill Center on the Idaho Legislature website. For questions, call Legislative Services at 208-334-2475.

The University of Idaho Law Library posts legal research guides on Idaho Case Law,Legislation, Administrative Law, the Idaho Constitution, Legislative History,miscellaneous materials (AG Opinions, Executive Orders and Proclamations, Bar Publications, Directories.

For questions about Idaho legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling the Idaho State Law Library (208-364-4555) or the University of Idaho Law Library (208-885-6521).

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Topics Covered by the Idaho Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Idaho jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Idaho statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Idaho Codes & Regulations
  • ID Cases & Case Law
  • Idaho Legal Websites
  • ID State Government Info
  • Idaho Counties
  • Idaho Cities
  • Idaho Legislation
  • ID Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Idaho Legal Forms
  • Idaho Courts
  • Idaho Local Court Rules
  • ID State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Idaho Law Enforcement
  • Idaho Media Sources


See Also

Idaho: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Idaho. This part provides references, in relation to Idaho, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Idaho by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Idaho and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Idaho or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Idaho and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Idaho. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Idaho should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Idaho when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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