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Merritt
Legal Research
• 11-11.50am
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Types of material – what each is good for
What a case citation is telling you
Where to find each type of material
How to get the best out of the WWW
• 12-3pm (Economics & Business building)
• 1 Hour session (3 groups)
• Finding Australian & UK cases
• Full text
• Additional information about cases
• Key databases for researching case law
1. Types of material
Material type
Provides
Case law
Authoritative record of the law
Legislation
Authoritative record of the law
Legal Dictionaries &
Encyclopedias
Definitions & simple explanations
Textbooks
More in-depth treatment of a
particular area of the law
Journal articles
Discussion of issues; summaries
or overviews of a topic or case
2. Interpreting a case citation
• Merritt v Merritt [1970] 2 All ER 760
• Grey v Pearson (1857) 6 HL Cas 61
• R v Young (1999) 46 NSWLR 681 at 682
• Ayles v The Queen [2008] HCA 6
Case citations: the parties
• Merritt v Merritt [1970] 2 All ER 760
• Grey v Pearson (1857) 6 HL Cas 61
• R v Young (1999) 46 NSWLR 681 at 682
• Ayles v The Queen [2008] HCA 6
Case citations: year of the
judgment
• Merritt v Merritt [1970] 2 All ER 760
• Grey v Pearson (1857) 6 HL Cas 61
• R v Young (1999) 46 NSWLR 681 at 682
• Ayles v The Queen [2008] HCA 6
Case citations: report details
• Merritt v Merritt [1970] 2 All ER 760
• Grey v Pearson (1857) 6 HL Cas 61
• R v Young (1999) 46 NSWLR 681 at 682
• Ayles v The Queen [2008] HCA 6
Case citations: square and
round brackets
• Merritt v Merritt [1970] 2 All ER 760
All ER
[1969]
2
All ER
[1970]
1
All ER
[1970]
2
All ER
[1971]
1
All ER
[1971]
2
All ER
[1972]
1
• R v Young (1999) 46 NSWLR 681
NSWLR
NSWLR
NSWLR
NSWLR
NSWLR
NSWLR
44
45
46
47
48
49
Case citations: medium neutral
citations
• Merritt v Merritt [1970] 2 All ER 760
• Grey v Pearson (1857) 6 HL Cas 61
• R v Young (1999) 46 NSWLR 681 at 682
• Ayles v The Queen [2008] HCA 6
4. Starting point for legal research
Law Library home page:
http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/libraries/law/
3. Abbreviation Finders
• Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
• Law report, Journal and Court abbreviations
• Free web site: http://www.legalabbrevs.cardiff.ac.uk/
Try also
• Laying Down the Law / Cooke et al.
• Good list in Appendix 4
• CaseBase
• Online database in the ‘Help’ section
5. Where to find cases
Information Type
Australian
Full text
Reported
(via Law Reports A-Z) Justis
- LawBook Online
Westlaw
- LexisNexisAU
- CCH
Raw data
AustLII
BaiLII
CaseBase
Laws of Australia
CaseBase (some)
Information
about
UK
• All via Law Library homepage
• Practice in hands-on session this afternoon
6. Where to find legislation
Acts Interpretation Act 1901 (Cth)
Interpretation Act 1987 (NSW)
• AustLII covers all Australian jurisdictions
• Go to: http://www.austlii.edu.au/ or:
• Law Library homepage > Free web law > AustLII
6. Secondary sources
General
Specific
Source
Provides
Legal Dictionaries
Definitions
Legal Encyclopedias
Brief explanations
Textbooks
More in-depth information
Journal articles
Specific aspects of a topic eg.
case notes, discussions of legal
issues or backgrounds to a topic
• Best place to look for secondary sources:
• Library catalogue:
http://opac.library.usyd.edu.au/
• Try AGIS for journal articles on a topic
Making the most of the Web
• How big is the internet?
Anyone can publish ‘facts’ on
the Internet…
Who controls the content on a
website?
Checklist for avoiding ‘dodgy’
information on the Web
• Authority – Who runs the website? Are they a
reliable source?
• Objectivity – What motivation might the author
have for putting up this information?
• Purpose – Who/what is the intended
audience/use for this information?
• Currency – How up to date is it?
• Accuracy – Can you verify the information in
another source?
Getting the best from the Web
• Use Google Advanced Search
Using Google Advanced Search
Other useful websites
• Google Scholar – ‘scholarly’ material
and publisher websites
• Free Web Law
• Free web law by subject – directories
• Legislation and Parliamentary Counsel
websites
• Law Reform Commission websites

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