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The Official California Legislative Information Website has a list of all the California codes. What if something isn't listed?

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For instance, when I look up the Penal Code, it goes from 12022.95 and then skips to 13000. What about all the ones in between? Are codes that are missing no longer in effect? I was looking for specific code PC 12400 but I'm also wondering in general. Thank you

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Not all numbers are used. Some are left out to make room for statutes that are passed later. Sometimes numbering jumps because the area of law changes. Sometimes statutes are repealed.

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In my experience, the online listing you are talking about is accurate. The leginfo site does not have certain codes, for example rules of court and local ordinances. But it does give you access to the codified statutes. Often, you will see a gap in numbering. That does not mean that a section is missing, it just means that there is no longer any code of that number or that there never was.

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