Friday, September 19, 2014

Sir Geoffrey Palmer asks "Is there a better way?"

"Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC has proposed some major changes to the New Zealand legislative process... during the annual Harness lecture at Waikato University on 10 September." (, 19/9/14).
You can watch the lecture here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sausages and the Judicial Process: the Limits of Transparency

Lord Neuberger spoke recently at the Annual Conference of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
His talk is only a little bit about sausages, and a lot about transparency in law - the need to see that justice is seen to be done.
He also walks us through court procedure before and after a hearing (in the UK), which was rather interesting.
It must have been great to listen to, and is a fun read.
Excerpt para 18
It is essential that our judgments are as intelligible as possible. A common law system requires a certain consideration of previous authorities. However, as Sir Anthony Mason has said: “[s]ometimes one feels when reading an English, Canadian or Australian judgment that it is written with the object of convincing the reader that the author has read and considered all that could conceivably be relevant to the issue in hand.” Or as I put it in a lecture last year: “Reading some judgments one rather loses the will to live – and I can say from experience that it is particularly disconcerting when it’s your own judgment that you are reading.” 


Thursday, August 7, 2014

In memory of Carolyn

You may have noticed some sad faces and a preponderance of flowers in the law library this week.
It’s because we are mourning the loss of our dear friend and colleague Carolyn Upton, who passed away on Sunday night.

Carolyn was the quintessential librarian, who did everything she could to provide a simple, sensible research experience to every user of the library. Her philosophy followed Ranganathan’s  Five laws of library science:
  1. Books are for use 
  2.  Every reader his [or her] book
  3. Every books its reader.
  4. Save time of the reader
  5. The library is a growing organism
She thought about everything in relation to how it applied to legal research. For example, Carolyn constantly questioned how general library search tools could be made useful for legal researchers. She was adamant about saving time for the ‘reader’, thoroughly testing online legal resources for the benefit of staff and students. In classes, she sought to demystify the research process. “Think like a lawyer” was her mantra.

Carolyn was fiercely intelligent, didn’t suffer fools, and treated everyone with due respect. Her sense of humour was dry,dry,dry: often coming out in witty word plays and astute observations.

Although we will miss her as a colleague and friend, she has set a high standard of librarianship for us to remember her by.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Back by Popular Demand

The Student Professional Development Day is back: Monday 14 July 1-5pm

The Law Library, in conjunction with the Faculty of Law offers you an opportunity to gain valuable insights into legal research skills in the workplace, from the experts themselves.

There are 4 sessions.
First, you will hear from two members of the profession - a seasoned Partner, and a recent graduate.
Then, representatives from the 3 main NZ legal database providers will each present their latest products and innovations.
A light refreshment will be provided too.

The schedule is designed to fit within lecture times, so you can come and go if necessary.
In 2013, this event was well attended, and received excellent feedback, so be in quick to secure a seat - spaces are limited!

Registration is free, however, please RSVP to the Law Librarian by 9 July, indicating which sessions you can attend.

See poster, and Blackboard, for details

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Calling all Company Law students

Your valued opinion is required!
As promised, I've set up a survey relating to the legal research lecture, from the 27th March.
I'm interested in your feedback, whether you did the assignment or not.
Please log into Blackboard to access the survey.
Your responses are completely anonymous.
Many thanks, your Librarian.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Find Constitutions online - for free

New website provides searchable database of constitutions

If you find yourself drafting a constitution anytime soon and need ideas, you're in luck. A new searchable database of 189 constitutions from around the world is now online.
Constitutional scholars Zachary Elkins of the University of Texas, Tom Ginsburg of the University of Chicago Law School and James Melton of University College London created Constitute after receiving a grant from Google Ideas. The site launched last fall. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Where has Brookers gone?

The legal database platform Brookers is being retired, and replaced with WestlawNZ - new name, same content...... presented slightly differently.
To this end, I've removed the Brookers and Briefcase link from the Quick links box in the Law subject guide.

Please use WestlawNZ instead.
Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance.
WestlawNZ are developing tutorials and guides, which you can access here .

For a short time, the old platform is still accessible from elsewhere in the subject guide.