International Association of Forensic Linguists  (academic organization)

International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics

The Center for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University (Birmingham, U.K.)

Semiotics of Law Website

Fiat Lex (a blog on language and law run by law prof Jim Chen)

Language in the Judicial Process (online journal)

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts: Linguistics and the Law

Site on language and law in Germany (in German)

Arbeitskreis der Universität Regensburg Sprache und Recht

Recht und Sprache (another German site)

The Amsterdam Circle for Language and Law

Italian site (Eurac)

German site (Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Peter Tiersma's site on Language and Law

Chinese site on language and law

Institute for Forensic Linguistics (in Chinese or English)

Cerlis  (Centro di Ricerca sui Linguaggi Specialistici)

Dennis Baron's blog on language (deals with legal and bilingual issues also)

Russian site on forensic linguistics

Peter Patrick's site on Linguistic Human Rights

World Legal Information Institute

United States cases and codes (at

Legal news, statutes, and additional legal information (

Information about the Federal Government of the U.S. (very useful site!  Also available in Spanish)

California state legislative information (including the state constitution and codes)

Information on cases before the US Supreme Court (Oyez Project of Chicago-Kent Law School)

Constitutions of the world

The Legal Information Institute at Cornell University

International & Foreign Law Alphabetically by Subject (Washburn U. Law School)

Legal materials from France (constitution, laws, etc. in French; also available in English

Eur-lex (European Union law--in about 20 different languages!)

Legal documents on the CourtTV website

Proceedings at the Old Bailey (contains brief descriptions of many criminal trials, mostly 18th century)

Information about famous American trials (Kellermann)

Legal Engine Search Index
(collection of the web's most useful legal resources and information).

Internet Legal Resource Guide
(index to more than 4,000 websites in 238 nations concerning law and the legal
profession, with an emphasis on the United States.)

Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Federal Death Penalty System: A Statistical Survey

National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
UK legislation (including Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)


Plain Language Network: US organization that works to improve communication between the federal government and the public
Federal government's plain language site

Securities and Exchange Commission Plain English Handbook

Bryan Garner's interviews with Supreme Court Justices on legal writing and advocacy

Federal Register Document Drafting Handbook

Clarity: An international movement that promotes the use of plain legal and official language
Plain English Campaign: A British organization that publishes books, rewrites documents and certifies clear, well-written documents

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