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Jade Training Session

The Law Library is pleased to announced a Jade training session presented by a Jade expert. The session will be held on Wednesday June 1. For more information and to register see the Training section of this guide.

ComLaw Changes

On Saturday March 5th, legislative changes will commence that change the name of ComLaw to the Federal Register of Legislation. These legislative changes will establish a single Federal Register of Legislation which combines the content of ComLaw, the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI) and the Acts database into a single register.

You can see more information on the ComLaw homepage (under Announcements) or the ALLA (WA) Blog.

Law Resources Quick Links

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

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Question of the Week

Do you know?

What is the correct abbreviation for the following judicial officers?

A: Acting Justice Targaryen

B: Magistrate Stark

C: Federal Magistrate Greyjoy

D: Acting Chief Justice Lannister

E: Chief Judge in Equity Baratheon

The answer to this question can be found 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).

Law Events & Resources

Prorogued Parliament - What does that mean?

For those wondering what is the constitutional basis of what is happening in Canberra at the moment, The Parliamentary Library has posted a useful explanation for some common questions - So you've been prorogued - Common questions answered

Consolidated Practice Directions Update

The Supreme Court of Western Australia has released updated Consolidated Practice Directions (as updated on 9 March 2016). You can access the most up to date Consolidated Practice Directions from the Supreme Court's website.

Asylum Seekers and Refugees Research Guide

The GlobaLex guide to Researching the Legal Aspects of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the European Union has been updated to include current events.

Star Wars and the Law: Was the Treaty of Coruscant enforceable?

For legal minded Star Wars fans, you might be interested in taking a look at Wookieepedia for coverage of "laws and rules across the galaxy." Or alternatively you could take a look at LexisNexis' round up of the Top 5 Star Wars Verdicts and Settlements. It has been said "As provocative as litigation over unauthorized lightsabres and stormtroopers may be, it’s the “animated erotic parody” lawsuit that will have you as confused as a wookie".

May the reasonable force be with you.

Research Records: how they help, why they are important.

Students from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada have taken over the Slaw Blog as part of their Advanced Legal Research and Writing class. One post discussed the importance of keeping a detailed record of their research as it helps ensure that research is comprehensive and thorough. It also saves time as it reduces duplication - i.e. you no longer search the exact same thing twice. The post outlines some helpful strategies that you can use in keeping a record of your legal research.

Islamic Law

Are you interested in researching Islamic law? Or do you just want to understand it better? The Law Library of Congress has published Islamic Law: A Bibliography of Works Published in English, 2009-2014. This bibliography contains English-language books and articles within books that discuss Islamic law.  The titles were published in the years 2009-2014 and are held in the Library of Congress.  If you see something that catches your eye, search the Library Catalogue or request the books through BONUS+.

Deciphering Legal Citations

The Slaw Tips Blog has published a legal research tip for helping you decipher legal citations. This should help students who are a bit unfamiliar with how to read citations. For more information on reading legal citations see the Case Law Research : Case Citations section of this Subject Guide.

UK Legislation now on ICLR

ICLR now provides access to UK legislation: "Working with The National Archives, ICLR have been able to integrate the breadth and depth of the database into ICLR Online’s interface to provide users with seamless access to an archive of case law spanning 150 years and an archive of legislation currently in force dating back to 1267"

Law Books Aren't Dull.

The Guardian newspaper published an article in support of reading case law. Take a look at Law books aren't dull - they're crammed with jaw-dropping tales to be pointed to some English case law gems - including the "case of the wrong erection".

Weighing up whether or not to write a law thesis?

A recent article in The Guardian talks about why law students should consider writing a dissertation. There's a number of advantages to doing it, so if you're considering honours why not take a read?

Taking your search to another level - Justis & Search Operators

The Justis Blog has just published a white paper entitled Search Operators - An Introduction into streamlining legal research. It operates as a guide addressing the different sorts of search operators that exists on legal research platforms and how they can be used to facilitate easier searching. 

Worth taking a quick look to help improve your legal research!

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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.

The Law Help Desk will be open until Friday June 3 2016. The desk will then close and reopen in Semester 2, 2016. The operational hours are as follows. Please note the changes from previous years.

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