Law Library

The Augusta-Richmond County Law Library was developed to provide research and reference materials for the public, staff, and attorneys.  In addition to general civil and criminal case sources, the library contains information for people who wish to represent themselves in domestic legal matters or educate themselves about domestic issues.  Anyone may come to the library to get legal forms or information on a variety of issues, including:  paternity establishment, legitimation, custody, visitation, child support, annulment and divorce.

Legal Forms  


The following packets are currently available for purchase: 
  • Divorce – w/children, $10; no children, $3
  • Legitimation – $11
  • Name Change – Adult, $1; Minor, $2
  • Child Support Modification – $1
  • Change of Custody – $3
  • Modification of Visitation - $1
  • Third Party Custody - $2
  • Contempt – $2
  • Emancipation – $3
  • Laws of Concealed Weapons - $3

Services and Materials


The Librarian is available to help patrons locate and use materials, suggest possible sources, provide bibliographic instruction and help define research questions. 
Library staff cannot perform any services that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law (such as interpreting statutes, cases or regulations, filling out forms, or advising customers about specific legal problems).

Library 


The library's print collection includes Georgia Laws, Georgia Digest, South Eastern Digest, South Carolina Jurisprudence, the Official Code of Georgia and South Carolina, and State Regulations for Georgia and South Carolina.   Also available are law reviews from Georgia law schools, Georgia Appeals Reports and Georgia Reports.
Some federal materials, American Jurisprudence, and the United States Code Annotated are available, as are several legal encyclopedias.  We also have other civil action forms available in the print collection and through our electronic form finder.  Westlaw and Lexis Nexis are available for online legal research.

Public Computers and Wireless Internet


Computers are available for legal research and word processing.   You must bring your own disc or USB flash drive if you wish to save documents.   Wireless Internet service is available in the Law Library. For general Internet and e-mail use, please visit a branch of the Richmond County Public Library. (http://www.ecgrl.org/)

Copies and Prints


A self-service photocopier is available and a printer is connected to the library's public computers. Photocopies and computer prints cost fifty cents per page.  Only cash (no bills larger than $20) is accepted for payment.  Library materials may not be checked out or removed from the library. 

What if you Still Need Help?


The Richmond County Law Library maintains a listing of attorneys who practice in the area of family or domestic relations law. This listing can be used as a tool in selecting an attorney.  The Law Librarian cannot recommend a specific attorney.  It will be your responsibility to contact and interview an attorney whom you want to hire.

Useful Links


Legal Information Institute
http://www.law.cornell.edu/

Official Code of Georgia (state laws)
http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode

Georgia Legal Aid
http://www.GeorgiaLegalAid.org  or Spanish  http://www.AyudaLegalGeorgia.org

Augusta Family Law
http://augustafamilylaw.org/Home.html

Georgia Courts Self Help Resources http://www.georgiacourts.gov/aoc/selfhelp/index.html

Georgia Legal Services Program  Augusta Office Phone:  (706) 721-2327
Georgia Legal Services Program serves Georgians with low incomes.  The Program provides free legal assistance with civil (non-criminal) issues at its offices located throughout the state. http://www.glsp.org/