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Cite as: (2007) 81(6) LIJ, p. 78

This month we review three practical tools to help you retrieve information, a site for OHS researchers, the Bar Association of Queensland journal and the LIV complaints handling procedures.

Magistrates Cases

Selected cases from the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria from 1993 onwards are available on this site. You can search or browse for cases from the front page. The Advanced Search link allows you to look for a case by title, keywords or content so it is more targeted than the simple search box. A search on “long service leave” in the content field, for example, brings up two cases, with the well-known Clohesy v Melbourne Cricket Club at the top of the list. You might also like to enter the “legal forum” where you can read and participate in online discussion. You can also subscribe to the Magistrates Cases Service – a subscription that includes loose parts during the year and an annual bound volume with indexes.

Search Warrants Manual

The Search Warrants Manual, authored by Magistrate Jennie Bowles, is now freely accessible through the Judicial College of Victoria website. Select Publications then Search Warrants Manual. The main function of the manual is to provide a list of sections of commonwealth and Victorian Acts to which search warrants apply. Clicking on a section reveals three “subtopics” – Definitions, Authorized Applicants and Other Relevant Information. This third section takes into account factors such as criteria for issuing a search warrant and the kind of evidential material to be searched for. The manual is another useful addition to the Judicial College website.

British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)

BAILII provides free online access to British and Irish primary legal materials. The BAILII website (reviewed in the May 2001 LIJ) was recently updated. Separate search forms have been created for case law, legislation and other resources, making it even easier to construct effective queries and find what you are looking for.
Use the tick-boxes at the bottom of the forms to limit by jurisdiction, e.g. only decisions from the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland/only Statutory Instruments of the Scottish Parliament. Search results can be sorted by date, title, jurisdiction or relevance. A-Z indices are also available so you can browse by case name or legislation title. For years before 1996, BAILII is adding leading cases in core subject areas. BAILII does not include legal periodicals, but there is a collection of law reform publications.

Australian Safety and Compensation Council

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) website provides a wealth of information relating to occupational health and safety (OHS). The homepage allows fast access to main contact bodies for each of the states and territories. For example, click on Victoria in the map of Australia to connect with the Victorian WorkCover Authority. Links to national policy and standards for best practice are also available from the homepage. The eCalendar provides a comprehensive list of Australian and international events and the health and safety topics menu contains a wide range of information, including the national OHS strategy for 2002-2012, OHS standards and codes of practice, hazards and safety issues, statistical data and reports.

Hearsay: The journal of the Bar Association of Queensland

The Bar Association of Queensland’s journal is now an online publication (from issue 16, March 2007). It will be published monthly and each edition will remain on the Internet until the next edition is published. Previous editions, including its earlier PDF-only format, are accessible in the archive. It is envisaged that the move to the fully online format will provide many benefits, especially the interactive forum, where members are encouraged to post comments and enter debate on published topics. Another feature is the inclusion of links to decisions of courts, including the High Court. The journal content is also fully searchable online. Although written for the Queensland Bar, the issue reviewed provided interesting content for a broader audience. Worth a look.


The complaints area of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) website is a good starting point for dealing with a complaint that has been made against you or your firm. The information outlines the notification of complaint procedure and what action you must take. Further information is provided on common disputes that arise between a client and solicitor. The page covers the major topics that are cause for complaint – overcharging, financial loss and breach of conduct. There is
an explanation of each type of complaint, how it is dealt with and the time frames for making complaints against a solicitor. Contact details are provided for the complaints officer at the LIV who can assist in setting up a complaint handling procedure for your firm.


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