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The Witkin Library

The reliable authority for generations of California judges and lawyers

The Witkin Library is prepared by the Witkin Legal Institute and published by Thomson Reuters. It provides expert analysis, skillful case selection and classification, and critical examination of statutory and case law in every important area of California law.

Witkin’s original one-volume treatise on California law has grown over the years into an integrated library of thirty-seven volumes: 

  • Summary of California Law (11th edition) 
  • California Procedure (5th edition) 
  • California Evidence (5th edition) 
  • California Criminal Law (4th edition)

How Witkin is used

The Witkin Library serves a variety of research needs, including the following:

Easily research topics

Witkin can be used to introduce or reintroduce a researcher to an unfamiliar topic. The library is arranged conceptually, so that a researcher can discover the various elements and aspects of a topic easily.

Start small

Witkin is designed to allow researchers to begin with a concept, a statute, or a case name. The index and tables link a known piece of information with Witkin coverage of the relevant subject.

Find quick answers

Witkin answers particular questions quickly. A researcher, with either extensive or rudimentary knowledge of a topic, can efficiently use the chapter outlines to discover answers to specific questions.

Verify research

Witkin can be used to verify research by confirming results discovered elsewhere and providing references to related areas of study.


Hard to find topics

The Witkin treatises cover many areas of law not readily apparent from the chapter titles. A number of important examples are listed below.

Antitrust and Restraint of Trade

1 Summary (11th), Contracts, §555 et seq.

Consumer Protection Laws

4 Summary (11th), Sales, §297 et seq.

Banking Law

4 Summary (11th), Negotiable Instruments, §75 et seq.

Credit Card Legislation

4 Summary (11th), Negotiable Instruments, §149 et seq.

Defamation

5 Summary (11th), Torts, §623 et seq.

Immigration Law

7 Summary (11th), Constitutional Law, §208 et seq.

Americans With Disabilities Act

8 Summary (11th), Constitutional Law, §973 et seq.

Zoning

8 Summary (11th), Constitutional Law, §1120 et seq.

Eminent Domain

8 Summary (11th), Constitutional Law, §1240 et seq.

Landlord/Tenant

12 Summary (11th), Real Property, §526 et seq.

Environmental Law

12 Summary (11th), Real Property, §846 et seq.

Intellectual Property

13 Summary (11th), Personal Property, §58 et seq.

Liens

13 Summary (11th), Personal Property, §226 et seq.

Unfair Competition

13 Summary (11th), Equity, §101 et seq.

Revised Principal and Income Act

13 Summary (11th), Trusts, §186 et seq.

Power of Attorney Law

15 Summary (11th), Wills and Probate, §883 et seq.

Health Care Decisions Law

15 Summary (11th), Wills and Probate, §926 et seq.

Guardianship Conservatorship Law

15 Summary (11th), Wills and Probate, §955 et seq.

Disqualification of Judge

2 Cal. Proc. (5th), Courts, §93 et seq.

Civil Commitment

3 Cal. Proc. (5th), Actions, §79 et seq.

Claim Procedure Against Public Entity

3 Cal. Proc. (5th), Actions, §231 et seq.

Lis Pendens

3 Cal. Proc. (5th), Actions, §371 et seq.

Statutes of Limitation

3 Cal. Proc. (5th), Actions, §430 et seq.

Class Actions

4 Cal. Proc. (5th), Pleading, §267 et seq.

SLAPP Suits

5 Cal. Proc. (5th), Pleading, §1017 et seq.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

6 Cal. Proc. (5th), Proceedings Without Trial, §481 et seq.

Attorneys’ Fees

7 Cal. Proc. (5th), Judgment, §149 et seq.

Evidence in Administrative Proceedings

1 Cal. Evidence (5th), Introduction, §54 et seq.

Civil Discovery

2 Cal. Evidence (5th), Discovery, §1 et seq.

White Collar Crime and Regulatory Offenses

1 Cal. Crim. Law (4th), Introduction to Crimes, §142 et seq.

Conspiracy

1 Cal. Crim. Law (4th), Elements, §72 et seq.

Child and Elder Abuse

2 Cal. Crim. Law (4th), Sex Offenses and Crimes Against Decency, §153 et seq.

Plea Bargaining

4 Cal. Crim. Law (4th), Pretrial Proceedings, §339 et seq.

Criminal Discovery

5 Cal. Crim. Law (4th), Criminal Trial, §30 et seq.

 

Witkin on Westlaw

Witkin treatises are available on Westlaw in the following databases:

  • WITCRIM: California Criminal Law
  • WITEVID: California Evidence
  • WITPROC: California Procedure
  • WITSUM: Summary of California Law
  • WITKIN: All Four Treatises

Four additional databases contain the Witkin finding aids:

  • WITKIN-CONT: Combined Tables of Contents
  • WITKIN-INDEX: Combined Index
  • WITKIN-CASE: Combined Tables of Cases
  • WITKIN-STAT: Combined Tables of Laws and Rule

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