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Cite as: March 2015 89 (3) LIJ, p.67

Canadian Law Blog Awards

www.clawbies.ca

The CLAWBIES, the Canadian Law Blog Awards, have some fine examples of legal blogs among its winners for 2014. The CLAWBIES were launched in 2005, with the aim of bringing to a wider audience legal blogs that were relevant and engaging. While some have more light-hearted names, for example Labour pains for an employment law specialist, they do contain a wide selection of worthy and insightful opinions from legal bloggers from Canada and further afield.

ACCC – Franchising code of conduct

www.accc.gov.au/business/industry-codes/franchising-code-of-conduct

The new Franchising Code of Conduct, which appears as Schedule 1 of the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Franchising) Regulation 2014, came into effect on 1 January 2015. In preparation, the ACCC has published this page to explain the aims of the new code. Additionally the section includes two useful links to “The franchisee manual” and “The franchisor compliance manual” which are published as of December 2014 and include the new changes. The ACCC also provides a free email subscription service to receive updates.

LawTermFinder

http://lawtermfinder.mq.edu.au

A joint project between the federal Attorney General’s Department and the Centre for Language Sciences at Macquarie University has resulted in this Australian Family Law “LawTermFinder” website. Of particular interest is that legal terms are explained here in languages other than English. Arabic, Spanish, Vietnamese, and traditional and simplified Chinese translation options can be found making it a useful resource for non-English speaking clients. Pronunciation and grammar, as well as examples of usage, are also included.

Children’s Court of Victoria – Research materials

www.childrenscourt.vic.gov.au/legal/research-materials

If you are browsing through the legal menu of the Children’s Court of Victoria home page you will come across a link entitled “Research materials”. Here you will find a treasure trove of information in the form of 12 chapters assembled by Reserve Magistrate Peter Power. The chapters are written for legal professionals, social workers, students and other interested parties. The reviewer found the chapter with 71 pages on Intervention Orders particularly comprehensive and useful.

Victorian WorkCover Authority – Accident compensation

www.vwa.vic.gov.au/laws-and-regulations/accident-compensation

The Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic) became operational on 1 July 2014. This page from the Victorian WorkCover Authority website provides two extensive comparison tables. The tables list the clauses of the two previous Accident Compensation Acts and what the equivalent clauses are within the new Act. In addition, the tables also contain some explanatory notes relating to specific provisions.

Coroners Court of Victoria – Coroners’ written findings

www.coronerscourt.vic.gov.au/home/coroners+written+findings

The Coroners Court of Victoria provides access to written inquest findings via their website. In total there are almost 1000 inquest findings and coroners’ recommendations dating back to 1 November 2009, with a limited number of earlier findings also available. You can search for findings by the name of the deceased, by the type of death or by the person’s place of residence or death. Most of the findings are published in full, with some redacted versions. Note that the website warns that some of the material may be graphic or distressing to the reader.

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