Federal Crimes Statute Tracker
Overview. The trialdex Federal Crimes Statute Tracker displays a visual history of amendments to
commonly charged federal felonies. It works like the "versions" feature on Westlaw, with the addition of a
To get started, click on one of the statute links in the menu at the top of this page, or keep reading to learn more about the application.
How it works. Let's use 18 U.S.C. § 1029 as an example. When you click on the statute, the default view shows the date of the most recent revision (12/18/15) in bold, with the current text of the statute displayed below.
You could then then click on the "show changes" link to see in
Several other dates appear on the menu as links. For example, clicking on 11/02/02 displays 18 U.S.C. § 1029 as it was between November 2, 2002, and December 17, 2015. Click on the "show changes" link on that page to see the changes that occurred on December 18, 2015.
Clicking on a "Pub.L." link on the menu navigates to a page that has the actual legislation for the selected date.
The trialdex Federal Crimes Statute Tracker is intended to show recent amendments and help you understand the changes, but it does not cover legislative changes that occurred before the 1990s. To see the complete history of any particular statute, click on the most recent date on the list, and then click on (expand).
Where to go next. The trialdex Federal Crimes Statute Tracker is intended to let you quickly identify and see in context amendments to commonly charged federal felonies, but it by no means covers every possible statutory issue. Sophisticated tools for researching legislative history are available at pay sites like Westlaw and Lexis, but you can get a lot done using resources available free on the Internet.
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