The Recorder – Available On ACLL Public Computers

Digital only edition – The Recorder

The Recorder – historically one of California’s premier legal newspapers – has gone digital-only.  The print version is no longer available. (Sigh.  Vinyl records are making a comeback but paper publications are an endangered species.)

Alameda County Law Library has a subscription available for your use in the library on our public computers.  Stop by the Reference Desk to ask a staff member to sign you in to our account.

Legal public notices

In addition to legal industry news and discussion of new law and legislation, legal newspapers, such as The Recorder or Daily Journal, are viewed as sources for listings for notices required under state law and court rules.  Examples of notices required under the law include the areas of claims of forfeiture, probate, fictitious business names, and court service by publication.

The Recorder has a separate section for searching and reading legal public notices.  Once you have access to the online subscription, look to the left for the Sections icon, click for the list, select Classified & Public Notices, then select Browse Public Notices.

Interesting how the concept of “public” notices has changed in the Internet Age.  Current California law, California Government Code 6040.5, was written in the 1940s.

As used in any law of this State providing for any publication, or notice by publication, or official advertising, “daily newspaper” means a newspaper of general circulation that is published on five or more days in a calendar week, and “weekly newspaper” includes any newspaper of general circulation that is published on at least one, but less than five, days in a calendar week.

Any provision in any such law for publication in a weekly newspaper shall be deemed complied with if publication is made once a week for the period specified in a weekly newspaper as defined in this section.

Hmmm… might be time for legislators to consider updating the statutory language for what constitutes “publication” in this century.  But then, some of us have still have shelves in our house full of vinyl.



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