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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

American Courthouses

Have you ever wanted to see what the downtown Chicago Cook county courthouse looked like or when rural Wisconsin courthouses where built? 

Check out this American Courthouses website put together by Canadian attorney John Deacon. It contains pictures and short histories of courthouses from around the United States and Canada. 

There are some great gems of courthouses on here. Check out the Henry County, Illinois courthouse where your humble librarian once worked or this great bronze and glass dome in Oneida County Wisconsin

Never fear Oregonians, he's covered Oregon too.

Thanks to Mr. Deacon we can take a virtual tour of some of America and Canada's most distinctive legal architecture.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NOLO Books and EBSCO's Legal Information Reference Service Available Statewide!

The State of Oregon Law library has acquired access to EBSCO's Legal Information Reference Service for all Oregonians!

This service contains a large number of NOLO legal reference books and various legal forms. You can view all the books available in the collection here:

NOLO publications are books on common legal topics aimed at non-lawyers. The NOLO books are a good resource for people looking to get a handle on common legal problems.

In order to login to the new service Oregonians should use their county of residence for their login ID and Oregon as their password.

For example, a person from Marion county would log in like so:

Patron ID:  marion

Password: oregon

Head on over to EBSCO and log into SOLL's newest public resource!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Oregon Appellate Arguments - Week of April 6th

Oregon Supreme Court
Oregon Court of Appeals
  • Arguments 4/8
  • 4/8 9:00 am arguments are being held at Madras High School  (390 SE 10th St, Madras, OR 97741)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Saint Patrick's Day and the Constitution of the Irish Free State

Saint Patrick's day is a time for people all over the world to reflect on the culture and history of Ireland and the Irish.

On December 6th in 1921 the Anglo-Irish treaty was signed in London, concluding the Irish War of Independence. You can view the official correspondence of the peace conference on the University College Cork. 

By the 25th of October 1922 the Irish legislative body Dáil Éireann had adopted the Constitution of the Irish Free State. You will note that the publication of the constitution includes both English and Irish translations.

The treaty established Ireland as a free state under a constitutional monarchy. The constitution of 1922 established the Saorstát Éireann or the Irish Free State. The constitution set up a three tiered legislature consisting of the monarch, the Dáil Éireann and the Seanad Éireann. Together this made made up the parliament or the Oireachtas.

The Constitution of the Irish Free State governed the Irish Free State until December of 1937 when it was replaced by referendum and the establishment of the modern Republic of Ireland. 

The Constitution of the Irish Free State was initially intended to be amended by popular referendum. However this provision was delayed for 8 years after the enactment of the document. For the initial 8 years the constitution could be amended by the Oireachtas without referendum. This time period was eventually extended to 16 years and the referendum process never went into effect. For the entire life of the constitution the legislative acts of the Oireachtas were, as a practical matter, supreme.

The State of Oregon Library has a complete collection of all the acts of the Oireachtas during the existence of the Irish Free State. Come and take a look at this interesting piece of Irish legal history.

Reference Librarian

Monday, March 16, 2015