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Virginia Legal Research

The Law Library has an extensive collection of materials specific to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Summary

The Virginia Constitution is the primary source of authority for all Virginia state law. The most recent revision of the 1776 constitution was ratified by voters in 1970 and became effective on July 1, 1971. The text of constitution is most easily located in Volume 1 of the Virginia Code.

Virginia statutory law is promulgated by the General Assembly of Virginia and signed into law by the Governor.  Laws are first published chronologically as passed in the Acts of Assembly, then organized by subject-matter in the Virginia Code. 

Virginia Statutory Law Resources

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