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This is the third edition of the "The California Private Investigator's Legal Manual", previously titled "The Private Investigator's Legal Manual (California Edition)" The manual remains the only source for legal information of importance to California private investigators and the attorneys who hire and represent them. The 350+ page manual covers more than 150 topics, analyzes more than 180 court cases and 150 federal and state statutes and includes the text of some of the most significant statutes. The manual is fully indexed with more than 1,000 entries to allow for quick and easy referencing.


The Guide was created to provide employers and others involved in background investigations with a tool to help access information contained in public records. First published in 1987 with the title National Employment Screening Directory, the content has been expanded with each new edition. In addition, the information is updated extensively every two years. The book’s format has been updated for the 9th Edition to make the directories easier and more convenient to use. Following an introduction offering tips on the value and use of public records for investigative purposes, The Guide contains five major sections: State Records Directory, Canadian Records Directory, Locator Directory, Federal Records Directory, and Educational Records Directory. 





Hiring highly qualified people is crucial to every company, and Background Screening and Investigations is an essential guide to succeeding in a turbulent business environment. A crucial part of any hiring process should be employment background screening, pre- and post-hire, which gives hiring personnel a glimpse into a person's past behavior patterns, propensities, and likely future behavior. 

Background Screening and Investigations describes all aspects of the employment background screening processes - its history and evolution, the imperative for implementing a screening process, and the creation of a comprehensive policy. Nixon and Kerr show how security and human resources professionals can work together to negotiate legal hurdles and make their background screening process successful. 






What makes a person confess to a crime he did not commit? Was he coerced? Is he trying to protect someone else? Interrogation has come under attack as opponents focus on false confessions. However, most cases are still resolved by confession, not forensic evidence. Among the new topics covered in the Second Edition of this bestselling book, Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogation focuses on why false confessions exist and how to avoid them.

Written by two experts who have conducted over 15,000 interviews and interrogations from theft to homicide, this book expands on the valuable topics in the previous edition


BRB Publications, Inc. is the nation's premier publisher of references and websites used for locating public records. BRB's books and electronic products point the way to over 28,000 government agencies, and 3,500 public record vendors who maintain, search, or retrieve public records.  BRB’s books and electronic products provide invaluable details that go well beyond a Google search. Our in-depth descriptions of where at, how much, and is it any good all translate to enhanced productivity tools when in-depth due diligence is needed.




"Successful Personal Injury Investigation" is the only book in the investigative field that tells the reader HOW to conduct an investigation. It details, step-by-step, how to investigate over 100 types of accident and injury incidents. In addition, it is the premier training tool for new employees, and for standardizing an investigative business. For beginners, its chapters cover case and file management; witness interviews and declaration taking; photography, videotaping and diagramming; and dealing with insurance, ethics and experts. It then walks the reader through every conceivable type of vehicular accident: cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, pedestrians, bicycles, tires, brakes, head-ons and sideswipes and rollovers, to name only a few. All manner of construction, premises, and product cases are fully explained, along with numerous types of recreational and athletic cases. These include accidents on the snow, water, in the air, on land, and include over a dozen different sporting accidents, and how to investigate them. It also delves into train and ship accidents. Once the investigation is complete, the reader is then told how to write the report, serve legal documents and bill clients. A major bonus is the last 48 pages, which are laser cut for easy removal, and are all of the forms, formats and checklists one needs to be a first class investigator. It is considered a major reference for the very experienced investigators because it is simply impossible to remember everything that needs to be done in such a wide variety of cases. The only book written for both novice and long-time professional.





Legal investigators are responsible for providing factual evidence – as the fact finders, they are the foundation for the attorneys they work with daily. The attorney is responsible for forming and implementing the legal strategy and presenting it to the judge or jury. The legal investigator provides checks and balances to ensure that no evidence is being forced upon a theory, and that no theory is being forced upon the evidence. Practical Methods for Legal Investigations: Concepts and Protocols in Civil and Criminal Cases presents legal investigators with a step-by-step process that reveals how to methodically find and report evidence in every aspect of the investigative process.

Similar to the scientific principle of using research to prove or disprove a theory, the author’s Investigative Protocol is designed to find the facts that prove or disprove criminal charges, civil allegations, or elements thereof. The book includes case studies that clearly detail how the process of the Investigative Protocol applies to every assignment of the case and to the case as a whole. Comprehensive and methodical, the system provides a map to the truth.

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