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Secondary Sources

Listed below are selected secondary sources (treatises, practice books, and form books).  Call numbers are given if the source can be found in the library.  If the location of Reserve is not given, the treatise is shelved in the California room on the Library’s first floor.  If the source is on LexisNexis and/or Westlaw, it will be indicated by Lexis and/or Westlaw.  Although LexisNexis and Westlaw have a large number of sources, not all sources are available online.  To locate additional invaluable sources, access the library’s web site and search the library catalog.  Examples; search and seizure, objections, closing arguments, etc.

General Procedure, Evidence & Trial Practice  •  Specialized Criminal Resources


General Procedure, Evidence & Trial Practice

Richard E. Erwin, et al., California Criminal Defense Practice.  7 volume looseleaf set.

(KFC 1155 .A6 C3; LEXIS)

L. Douglas Pipes and William E. Gogen, Jr., California Criminal Discovery 4th ed.; updated by pocket part.

(KFC 1160.5 .P57; LEXIS)

Edward J. Imwinkelriel and Thomas J. Leach, California Evidentiary Foundations.   4th ed.

(Reserve KFC 1030 .I4 2009; LEXIS)

Joseph W. Cotchett, California Courtroom Evidence.  Last updated by 2009 supplement.

(KFC 1030 .A333 C285; LEXIS)

B.E. Witkin and Norman L. Epstein, California Criminal Law. 4th ed.; updated by pocket part.

(Reserve and  California KFC 1100 .W52; LEXIS; WESTLAW)

California Jury Instructions, Criminal: CALJIC Forms.  Note: jury instructions are an easy way to identify the elements of a crime.  2009

(Reserve KFC 1171 .A65 C352; LEXIS; WESTLAW)

B.E. Witkin, California Evidence . 5th ed.; updated by pocket part.

(Reserve and California KFC 1030.W5 2000; LEXIS; WESTLAW)

Edward A. Rucker and Mark E. Overland, Criminal Criminal Practice, Motions, Jury Instructions, and Sentencing.  3d ed.; 5 volumes and cd; updated by pocket part.  (Reserve KFC 1155 A65 R83; WESTLAW).


Specialized Criminal Resources

J. Richards Couzens and Tricia A. Bigelow, California Three Strikes Sentencing.  2d ed; looseleaf; semiannual updates; cd.

(KFC 1172 .C68; WESTLAW)

Lawrence Taylor and Robert Tayac, California Drunk Driving Defense.  Updated by pocket part.

(Reserve KFC 477 .T39 2008; WESTLAW)

Vincent J. O’Neill, Jr., California Confessions Law. 

(KFC 1030.A53 C35 2009; WESTLAW)

Bell’s Compendium on Searches and Seizures.

(Reserve KF 9630.Z9 B433)

Gregory M. Caskey, California Search and Seizure.

(KFC 1157 .C36 2009; WESTLAW)

George Bloom, California Judges Benchbook. Search and Seizure.

(Reserve KFC 1157 .B76)

Continuing Education of the Bar, California Trial Ojections.

(Reserve KFC 1030.C347  and CEB OnLaw )

Continuing Education of the Bar, Effective Opening Statements and Closing Arguments: Program Handbook.

(Reserve KFC 1025 .Z9 E33 2004 and CEB OnLaw)

Continuing Education of the Bar, Scientific Evidence in California Criminal Cases.

(Reserve KFC 1165 .S24 and CEB OnLaw)

Continuing Education of the Bar, California Criminal Law Forms Manual.  2d ed; looseleaf; .

(Reserve KFC 1155.A65 C35 and CEB OnLaw)



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