Marie E. Whited
Yale Law School
KB, the schedule for religious systems, is closer to completion. The Jewish law, Islamic law and general and comparative religious law schedules are being applied by the catalogers at the Library of Congress. Many proper names and titles have been added to the Jewish and Islamic schedules. Form tables have been added to the canon law schedules. KBX is for some of the smaller religious systems and is still being drafted. All of the 5 religious law schedules will form one volume and will go to the printer in the spring or summer. What has been written is currently available on ClassWeb. Many thanks to Jolande Goldberg for the above information.
Court reports and administrative decisions seem to present problems for a few classifiers and I have mentioned some problems in previous columns. Many of the law schedules have a section in the front of the schedule following laws and codes for court decisions. In some schedules, the type of court is mentioned and in some the name of the court is given, e.g., KF105 lower courts and KNS18.5 Supreme Court of India. These are numbers for decisions of these courts and not for works about the courts. Works about the courts class in either civil procedure, constitutional law, or criminal procedure, depending on the emphasis. The court decision numbers in the front of the schedule are for works containing all types of decisions. If the work just contained criminal law decisions, it would class in the court decisions section of criminal law. Administrative decisions class with the topic being decided not in the number for the agency itself.
One needs to watch cataloging copy, especially for serials, to make sure the proper numbers are being assigned. As more law call numbers for serials are being assigned by catalogers not on the Law Team at the Library of Congress, some of the expertise in law classification is being lost.
Please let me know if there are any topics you would like covered in the column.