Prof Sulpicio Guevara published three books which contain s the full text of

Prof sulpicio guevara published three books which

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Prof. Sulpicio Guevara published three books, which contain s the full text of legislative enactments or laws namely: a ). Public Laws Annotated (7 vols.), compilation of all laws from 1901 to 1935, b). Commonwealth Acts Annotated (3vos.), compilation of laws from 1935-1945 c). The Laws of the First Philippine Republic (The Laws of Malolos) 1898-1899 . For the Supreme Court decisions, Supreme Court Reports Annotated (SCRA), a secondary source, published by the Central Book Supply is more updated and popular in the legal community than the Philippine Reports, the primary and official source. The SCRA was published because of the delay in the printing of the Philippines and the need of the Philippine legal profession for Supreme Court decision. Citations in commentaries or books, treatise, writings, journal articles, pleading and even court decisions show SCRA’s popular acceptance. The general rule is that in the absence of a primary source, the secondary source may be cited. This was the primary rationale for the SCRA’s popularity. SCRA is now available online (including tablet and iPad) by subscription. With the advent of the new information technology, electronic or digitized sources are popular sources and effective sources of legal information for the following reasons: a) no complete and updated legal information available; b) the search engines utilizing the electronic or digitized method facilitate research, and c) no complete and update manually published search tools for statute and case law. These electronic sources started with CD ROMS and now online or electronic libraries. The popular use of online/electronic libraries was due to the advent of the iPads, iPods, tablet and notebooks and internet with Wi-Fi connection. Online access is either through Open access or subscription basis. Open access for law is used for both the government and the private sector. The Chan Robles Law Firm Library and Arellano Law Foundation Lawphil use open access in their electronic libraries, which contains the full- text of all sources of Philippine legal information, case law and statute law. Chanrobles.com has also in its database the full text of United States decisions and materials on important legal events such as Impeachment proceedings, bar examinations. Chan Robles conducts online bar review program. Official or government online source for full-text for all legal sources and related materials in the Official Gazette online , launched in July 2010. It contains the issuances of all the executive departments, which are found also in the websites of the different executive departments. They aim (as reflected in their website) to include the issuances of the legislative and the judiciary. The Supreme Court E-Library is an electronic library (online and CD Rom for decisions updated quarterly) for all Philippine legal information, case law and statute law. Access however is limited to the Justices, judges and court attorneys of the Supreme Court and law schools (by request) through their law librarians. Decisions and
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