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Puerto Rico Court Decisions
A diagram of the commonwealth court system (including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.
- Supreme Court (P.R.) • Tribunal Supremo
- U.S. District Court (D.P.R.)
Puerto Rico Constitution and Legislation
See also a database of commonwealth ballot measures since 1990, maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
- Constitution • Constitución (P.R. Const.)
The constitution in English translation is freely available at a Lexis Nexis web site, as part of the Puerto Rico Code.
[Magaly Rivera (Ill.)] — English translation.
Bills in Spanish can be viewed at the web site for the lower house of the legislature: Cámara de Represententes.
- Acts of Congress
- Acts of the Puerto Rico Legislature
- Codified Laws
Both the Spanish version of the Puerto Rico Code (Leyes de Puerto Rico) and a version in English translation are available for free access at the Lexis Nexis web site. Cookies must be enabled in order to use the web site.
Puerto Rico Rules of Procedure and Practice
Puerto Rico Administrative Law Sources
- Ordenes Ejecutivas
Puerto Rico Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters
Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site.
Puerto Rico Law-Related Periodicals
Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.
Other Puerto Rico Commentary
The web site for The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists provides some information about Puerto Rico law.
- A Guide to Doing Business in Puerto Rico. McConnell Valdés.
Puerto Rico Law-Related Topical Web Sites
Puerto Rico Court Information
See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, see Judgepedia, a Wikipedia-style web site, self-described as “an encyclopedia about judges and courts,” which is maintained by the Sam Adams Alliance (Illinois).
Puerto Rico Forms
Other Puerto Rico Resources
Association of Puerto Rico Attorneys • Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico
Legal Research and Assistance
Low-Cost Legal Aid
See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
- Servicios Legales de Puerto Rico
“Servicios Legales de Puerto Rico, Inc. (‘SLPR’) es una corporación privada sin fines de lucro que provee representación y orientación legal gratuita a los pobres del país que cualifiquen en casos de índole civil.”
- Puerto Rico Legal Help for the Poor
[Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
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