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Criminal Law and Procedure

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Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure

Criminal law and procedure is derived from many sources.  Some of the main (federal) sources include the United States Constitution, the United States Code, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, and the Federal Rules of Evidence.  Since the majority of criminal actions are heard in state court, researchers often need to consult the case law, statutes, and rules of procedure of particular states. 

This LibGuide highlights resources that may be useful for obtaining information regarding criminal law and procedure.  In addition, it highlights secondary resources that can assist with the location of primary sources of law in North Carolina.