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Please note the following updates due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

UPDATE FOR LAW LIBRARY OPERATIONS - 12/4/2020

While the court is closed to the public, the Law Library is offering remote reference services, via voicemail or email, from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Librarians will answer questions within 2 business days but will make every effort to answer questions sooner. On-site library services will resume when the court reopens to the public.

How can our law librarians help you remotely? Let us help with…
  • Locating relevant laws, rules, forms, articles, treatises, and even legislative intent
  • Identifying informative, credible, current, and free online sources of legal information
  • Connecting you to attorney directories and legal services, including pro bono services
  • Connecting you to relevant government agencies and services
  • Helping you construct and troubleshoot database search queries (i.e. case research)
  • Providing you with remote access to Westlaw and Lexis, even if your temporary account expires
  • Providing limited scans of printed materials, in accordance with copyright law
  • Locating resources in surrounding libraries that are currently assisting in-person researchers
  • And more!
Please note, law librarians cannot help with…
  • Giving legal advice
  • Performing case research on your behalf (but we can assist)
  • Recommending specific legal forms and/or reviewing your legal documents
  • Checking out or scanning excessive portions of published texts, per copyright law
  • Speaking to judges’ chambers on your behalf
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Access Westlaw and Lexis from Home

Due to the pandemic, Westlaw and Lexis Advance are temporarily offering free, virtual self-serve access. Follow the instructions below to access these databases from your home. Please note that registration for temporary accounts is required. Also, while the Montgomery County Circuit Court is closed to the public, law librarians cannot assist with legal research or registration assistance.

Westlaw
  • Access offered: 20 hours for 14 days
  • Registration link: https://legal.thomsonreuters.com/en/c/remote-patron-access
  • Registration instructions: View access instructions here (PDF).
    1. Access the Westlaw Patron Access temp access page and enter your email address.
    2. Enter your contact information. In the Organization Type field, please select Government – State or Local.
    3. Skip the “Add Colleagues” page
    4. Click “I agree to Terms & Conditions and click Create Profile
    5. Create OnePass Profile and Security fields
    6. Confirm your OnePass profile and click Get Started to begin searching on Westlaw Edge.
  • Please note: Westlaw has built the special 20-hour temp access using the same portal that is always available for a (much shorter) free trial of Westlaw, but the 20 hours option only takes effect if a patron picks the Government – State or Local option. Westlaw has not indicated an end date for library patrons to register for this type of temporary access.
  • Need to use Westlaw after your access has expired? Contact the Law Library for assistance.
Lexis Advance
  • As a Patron of the Library you are probably aware that we offer Patron Access through LexisNexis. LexisNexis is committed to working with us and the wider legal community during COVID-19 and continues to provide access to Library Patrons. If you cannot otherwise conduct legal research you are welcome to register for a temporary Lexis Advance® ID at https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/pa-access-request.page and you will receive an ID within 1 business day. This ID will be good for 30 days or until the library reopens whichever is shorter. This ID allows you to conduct research on the cases and codes needed for legal work and personal legal research.
  • If you need access to the wider set of materials our library subscribes to please reach out to your local librarian and provide your full name and e-mail address along with a request for a custom ID and we will work with LexisNexis to create login credentials for you that will be delivered to you directly from our LexisNexis partners to your e-mail. These ID’s are good for three days and can be requested multiple times if necessary. We are happy to work with you to maintain access to justice during this time.

Coronavirus Legal Information Links

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How can I access Maryland law from home?
  • Gateway to Maryland Law is a collection of free primary Maryland law, including Montgomery County law, maintained by the Thurgood Marshall State Law Library.

  • People’s Law Library of Maryland is a free legal information and self-help website about Maryland law maintained by the Thurgood Marshall State Law Library.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Stay tuned for future virtual events!

PAST EVENTS

In the spring of 2020, the Law Library partnered with the Rockville branch of Montgomery County Public Libraries and local volunteer attorneys to present the following EVERYDAY LAW programs. These programs provided free, basic information and resources about the following legal topics for non-attorneys.

EVERYDAY LAW—FAMILY LAW
Date/time: March 7th

EVERYDAY LAW—WRITING Wills, POAS, & ADVANCE MEDICAL DIRECTIVES
Date/time: April 24th and September 25th

EVERYDAY LAW—ELDER LAW
Date/time: Saturday, May 2nd

IN THE NEWS

We contribute a monthly column to the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland. Read current and past issues on the bar’s newsletter archive.

NEW RESOURCES/SERVICES

Learn how to locate remote notarization services and certify documents notarized by Montgomery County notaries during the pandemic in this new handy guide.

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