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Law Help Desk Closure

The Law Library's Law Help Desk will close from 4.30pm Thursday 2nd of June 2016. The desk will reopen in Semester 2. If you need any assistance with legal research please contact the law librarian at

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For more law resources take a look at the Research Topic Guides.

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Question of the Week

In R v Kirby; Ex parte Boilermakers' Society of Australia (1956) 94 CLR 254 what does "Ex parte" mean?

Find the answer here.

Types of Legal Materials

Legislation and Cases are the documents which contain the written records of the law. These are known as Primary Legal materials.

Extrinsic legal materials are documents, defined within a jurisdiction's Interpretation Act, which can be used in court to interpret the meaning and intent of legislation.  These usually consist of Parliamentary debates (Hansard) and Law Reform documents.

Secondary legal materials are those materials which are ABOUT the law.  Secondary materials include:

  • Books, journals and commentaries which discuss the law
  • Reference tools which help find the law (dictionaries, encyclopaedias, guides and directories).

NEW - Law Library Blog

The Law Librarians have pulled the Law News, Events and Resources posts into a blog which can be accessed at You can subscribe to the blog as well as search the old posts.

Murdoch Law Library

Law Library Murdoch
Judith Beach
Debra Smith

South Street Campus Library
Level 2 2.032B
(Through the 24/7 Learning Common)
(08) 9360 6283

Law Help Desk

The Law Help Desk is located in the Murdoch University Law Library - South Wing Level 3 of the South Street Campus Library.

It is staffed by senior law students who are there to assist you with your Library Research Tests and with legal research queries.

Semester hours:

Monday: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Tuesday: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Thursday: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Friday: 10.30am -1.30pm