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Cite as: August 2015 89 (8) LIJ, p.59



Jade is an alternative website to Austlii. An open law initiative of the not-for-profit BarNet, Jade stands for Judgments and Decisions Enhanced and contains decisions of selected Australian courts and tribunals from 90 different jurisdictions. While some advanced features require a subscription, one of the best free features is the email alert service to receive new decisions that you can sign up to. The reviewer also regularly uses the case citator, which is an essential tool if you don’t have access to subscription case citators.

Judicial College of Victoria – publications

Free legal resources used often by the reviewer include the online publications located on the Judicial College of Victoria website. The various manuals, bench and charge books are readily available on the home page and are regularly updated. Although the information is written for judicial officers, legal professionals will find the details useful. One topic that is generally hard to find information on is personal safety intervention orders, so the bench book available on this site is welcomed.

Victorian Government Gazettes

Victorian Government Gazettes since 1998 are located on their own website. While the Gazette archive 1836–1997 is found on a different site hosted by the State Library of Victoria, the more current gazettes on this site can be searched using various keywords and limits. The advance search option allows you to first limit the search to the specific Act, making it a lot easier to locate your entry. From the home page you also have the option of browsing recent gazettes, with special, general and periodical gazettes being available.

The Law Library of Congress – The Guide to Law Online

The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is a portal to online legal and government resources from around the world. Not surprisingly, this guide is an excellent source for someone looking for information on US federal and state laws as well as the US Constitution and codes. The Nations link provides you with a comprehensive list of countries starting at Afghanistan and finishing with Zimbabwe. Even Bukina Faso is here (for those not in the know, it’s a country in western Africa).

Australian Guide to Legal Citation

If you need assistance citing legal material correctly, then visit the link to the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC). In its third edition, the AGLC is published and distributed by the Melbourne University Law Review Association in collaboration with the Melbourne Journal of International Law. The guide provides rules for both domestic and international materials including those from China, UK and USA. The citing of various electronic materials, such as websites, is also included.


Your LIV membership gives you free access to the HeinOnline database which is available through the library catalogue. HeinOnline is the world’s largest image-based legal research collection, containing more than nine centuries of legal history and covering more than 1600 law and law-related periodicals (with mostly international content). With so many journal titles to choose from, it is pleasantly surprising to see that many of the articles are also available as full text, not just abstracts. Note: you will need your LIV member number and password to log on to the database.


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