Multilingual Resources

The follow is a list of resources for definitions of legal terms and information on the laws of the U.S. and certain other countries.  We would love to expand this list.  So, if you have another resource to share, let us know!

ENGLISH RESOURCES

 

Ballantine’s Legal Dictionary and Thesaurus

www.citizenlaw.com/pdf/a.pdf

This is the PDF version of the complete unabridged edition of Ballantine’s . The URL takes you to the entries for the first letter of the alphabet, so if you want to see entries for other letters, just change the “a” in the URL to that particular letter. Unless you have a lot of time and paper to spare, do not plan on printing a copy, since the entire PDF version occupies nearly 2,800 pages.

 

FindLaw

http://dictionary.lp.findlaw.com/index.html

Provides a comprehensive set of legal resources for legal professionals, corporate counsel, law students, businesses, and consumers.

 

Jurisdictionary

www.jurisdictionary.com/dictionary/A.asp

Provides very detailed definitions of most terms.

 

MyLawyer.com

www.mylawyer.com/glossary.htm

 

Nolo Legal Glossary

www.nolo.com/definition.cfm/alpha/A

This site was created by NOLO, a provider of do-it-yourself legal solutions for consumers and small businesses.

 

The Law.Com Dictionary

http://dictionary.law.com

Provides both short and long definitions for most terms.

 

The’Lectric Law Library

www.lectlaw.com/def.htm

Fantastic all-around resource for legal terminology.

 

Rutgers Law Library

http://law-library.rutgers.edu/ilg/topical.php

Provides access to a variety of different legal sites, arranged by topic.


California Judicial Branch

www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/espanol/glosario.htm

The California court system glossary offers simple but accurate Spanish terms and definitions.

 

Diccionario de Términos Legislativos

http://www.five.es:8000/diclegis/diccionario.phtml?Clientes_Session=

6fecbac2cc96cc08fd6d17a88075920f

Contains “generic” Spanish legislative terminology.

 

PARLIAMENT/ UNITED KINGDOM

Parliamentary Jargon Explained

http://www.parliament.uk/site-information/glossary/

Provides definitions of the unique terms, expressions, and customs of the British Parliament. Among other things, the site contains information about the various institutions of the British government, including guides to the House of Commons and the House of Lords in nine languages (English, Welsh, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian).

 

COURT TERMS

 

Center for Individual Freedom

www.cfif.org/htdocs/legal_issues/legal_links/index.htm

This is a good site if you need to consult court decisions. The Center for Individual Freedom is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a mission “to protect and defend individual freedoms and individual rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.”

 

Federal Court Terminology

www.id.uscourts.gov/glossary.htm

http://www.uscourts.gov/understanding_courts/gloss.htm

 

National Association for Court Management

www.nacmnet.org/glossary.html

A good glossary of court-related terms.

 

U.S. CODES/FEDERAL COURT RULINGS

 

Cornell University Law School

www.law.cornell.edu/uscode

Contains a nice collection of U.S. codes.

 

Emory University School of Law

www.law.emory.edu/FEDCTS

Provides access to all kinds of U.S. federal court information and documents (e.g., rulings).

 

NEW YORK STATE COURTS

 

New York State Court System

www.courts.state.ny.us/lawlibraries/glossary.shtml

(Spanish version)

www.courts.state.ny.us/courthelp/spanish/spTermsGlossary.htm

 

 

Southern District Court of New York

www.sdnyinterpreters.org/glossary.php

Contains a bilingual Spanish/English glossary for court interpreters.

 

TOPICAL

 

Employment law

EmployeeIssues.com

http://employeeissues.com/legal_glossary.htm

Contains general information about employee rights in the U.S. , including a glossary specializing in employment law issues.

Particular to women: Women Are Getting Even

www.wageproject.org/content/statelaw/glossary.php

Contains terminology related to the employment of women (e.g., sex discrimination, etc.).

 

Elder law (Canada)

Senior Mag Legal Glossary

www.seniormag.com/legal/glossary/index.htm

A Canadian publication specializing in legal and other concerns pertinent to senior citizens.

 

 

Patent law

BitLaw

www.bitlaw.com/patent

U.S. patent law.

 

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (general)

www.uspto.gov/go/pac/doc/general

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Glossary

www.uspto.gov/main/glossary/index.html

 

Spanish-Language Patent Law

www.iturnet.es/guia_patentes_marcas

 

Criminal

Criminal Justice Brief

www.prenhall.com/cjcentral/cjbrief6e/glossary/a.html

An excellent English-language glossary.

 

Criminal Law Lawyer Source

www.criminal-law-lawyer-source.com/terms.html

Contains information on criminal law terminology.

 

Glossary of Criminal Terms

www.michiganprosecutor.org/define.htm

Another excellent English-language glossary.

 

Midwest Paralegal Studies

www.cyberparalegal.com/criminal_glossary.htm

In addition to criminal law, this site provides access to glossaries in 15 other legal fields.

 

International Civil Procedure

New York School of Law

www.law.nyu.edu/Library/foreign_intl/civilproc.html

This site covers international civil procedure.

 

Primer on the Civil Law System

http://www.fjc.gov/library/fjc_catalog.nsf/autoframepage!openform&url=

/library/fjc_catalog.nsf/DPublication!openform&parentunid=

A18D33FC1E8F0EB085256CA30067C10B

Yes, this is the URL.  You must copy and paste it though because I could not set up a link to it! This site contains the PDF version of a 67-page document that was published by the Federal Judicial Center . It is another major English-language resource on civil law.

Contract Law (Colombia)

www.derecho.com/contratos/?gclid=CImhitqvgoYCFUyXJAodQANFig

This site also covers other fields.

 

CANADA

 

Duhaime’s Canadian Legal Dictionary

www.uriaenpdc.org/uriae/juridiq/textes/default.htm

 

EUROPE

 

Europa Glossary

http://europa.eu/scadplus/glossary/index_A_es.htm

A multilingual site (Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish) offering a wide range of terminology that includes the legal field.

 

IRELAND

 

Kieron Wood’s Pages

http://indigo.ie/~kwood/legalterms.htm

 

GOVERNMENT/LEGISLATIVE TEXTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

 

Navigador Jurídico Internacional

www.juridicas.unam.mx/navjus/gob

Provides access to legal materials from all over the globe. It is especially good for foreign legislative texts.

 

DOCUMENTS, FORMS, AND PERIODICALS

 

Biblioteca Legal Latino Americana

www.latinlaws.com

Latin American legislative documents.

 

Hoover Web Design

www.hooverwebdesign.com/business/menu_legal.php

Contains an assortment of downloadable sample legal documents and forms.

 

The World Law Guide

www.lexadin.nl/wlg/legis/nofr/legis.htm

Provides information on Latin American legislative documents (laws, decrees, codes, etc.).

 

University of California/Berkeley School of Law’s Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

www.law.berkeley.edu/library/iflp/periodicals.html

 

ARGENTINA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, SPAIN, PERU, VENEZUELA, MEXICO, URUGUAY

 

Apuntes

http://www.todoelderecho.com/Apuntes/index.htm

Resource for civil procedure in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico and Uruguay.

 

Argentine Law Terminology

http://tododeiure.host.sk/diccionario_juridico.htm

 

Boletín Oficial del Estado (Spain)

www.todalaley.com

 

Chilean English-Spanish Glossary of Legal Terms

www.geocities.com/susanacr_99/legal.htm

 

Colombian Spanish

http://asesoriajuridica.ucauca.edu.co/categoria.php?cat=80

 

Diccionario de Términos Legislativos

http://www.five.es:8000/diclegis/diccionario.phtml?Clientes_Session=

6fecbac2cc96cc08fd6d17a88075920f

Contains “generic” Spanish legislative terminology.

 

Guatemalan Ministry of Labor

www.mintrabajo.gob.gt/tgloss

 

Leyes Federales de México

www.diputados.gob.mx/LeyesBiblio/index.htm

Mexico ‘s official site for federal legislative documents.

 

LLRX.com

www.llrx.com/features/mexcc.htm

Contains an excellent article on the Mexican Civil Code by Professor Jorge Vargas.

 

Mexican Legal Terminology

http://mx.geocities.com/licjesustavera/diccionario.htm

 

Noticias Jurídicas

http://noticias.juridicas.com

Offers access to current legal news and peninsular Spanish legislation, as well as a variety of scholarly articles on legal subjects.

 

Peninsular Spanish

www.conpapeles.com/glosario_juridico.php

 

Poder Judicial República del Perú

www.pj.gob.pe/djuridico/diccionario.htm

The official Peruvian government site.

 

Referencia Jurídica

www.cem.itesm.mx/derecho/referencia/diccionario/index.html

Contains a glossary prepared by the Law School of the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

 

OTHER SPANISH LEGAL RESOURCES

www.lexjuridica.com/diccionario/aa.htm

www.uned-derecho.com/diccionario.php

www.lexjuridica.com/diccionario.php

This last site provides a link to the Law.com English glossary of legal terms previously cited.

 

FRENCH

 

There are significantly more French legal resources than any other language. Most of them, however, are monolingual. These include the following:

http://www.net-iris.fr/guide-juridique/lexique-juridique

http://www.portail-juridique.com/pages/glossaire.html

http://perso.orange.fr/jacobus.razob/cico.jurid.htm

http://www.avocat-online.net/lexique.asp

http://www.juripartners.com/juri_glossaire.php

http://www.droit.pratique.fr/dictionnaire.php

 

BBP Avocats

www.bbp-avocats.com/glossaire-juridique.asp

The glossary of a French law firm.

 

Dictionnaire du droit privé français

www.dictionnaire-juridique.com

This site is of a more specialized nature. The terminology cites titles of texts where a term is found and includes a bibliography of references. Many definitions are very detailed. The dictionary also contains a list of abbreviations used in legal documents.

 

Dictionnaire Juridique

www.lexinter.net/JF/dictionnaire_juridique.htm

This is not really a glossary, but rather provides access to French legal resources that are organized by subject area (e.g., civil/tax/criminal).

 

Dictionnaire Juridique et Contractuel des Affaires et Projets

www.lawperationnel.com/dictionnaire_juridique/A.htm

 

Glossaire Assurance

www.lerepairedesmotards.com/assurance/glossaire.htm

Contains information on French insurance law.

 

Immolegal.com

www.immolegal.com/glossaire

 

Le Conseil d’État

www.conseil-etat.fr/ce/outils/index_ou02_a.shtml

 

Le Dictionnaire Juridique

www.uriaenpdc.org/uriae/juridiq/textes/default.htm

This is not a dictionary/glossary per se, but a website providing access to French legal documents of all kinds.

 

Ministère de la justice

www.justice.gouv.fr/motscles/alphabet.htm

The official French government site.

 

Petit Lexique de la Justice

www.divorce-famille.net/pages/lexique.htm

This site covers family law (specifically divorce).

 

Real Estate Law

www.explorimmo.com/guidprat/gpdroi/pg_09_3.shtml

 

Vos Droits.be

www.vosdroits.be/fr/glossaire

A site for Belgian French.

 

GERMAN

It’s not easy to find German resources.  Please let me know if you can add to this list.

 

http://www.123recht.net/dictionary.asp?chrLetter=a

http://www.online-recht.de/vorgl. html?intro

http://www.lexexakt.de/iraa.php4

http://www.rechtslexikon-online.de

http://www.rolfbecker.de/wettbewerbsrecht/werberechtslexikon_99a.htm

This last site contains advertising/public relations legal terms.

 

BRAZAILIAN PORTUGUESE

 

Glossário de Direito Comercial

www.unibero.edu.br/download/glossarios/glossario_direitocomercial.doc

A commercial law glossary in Word format that is not 100% accurate. It appears to have been a student project.

 

Infojus

http://www.infojus.gov.br/portal/glossarioListar.asp

 


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