Friday, July 30, 2010

New UK legislation site launched

From their press release: is a newly launched website for UK legislation from all jurisdictions (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) and statutes. From 1267 to the present day, the site carries all legislation and laws that the UK National Archives was able to obtain and make accessible on the Web. The site's Help section details the legislative and statutory coverage and coverage gaps.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

fun with mindmaps

I've been experimenting with mindmapping as a way of presenting an overview of NZ legal literature - the link to the mind map is currently sitting on the Law Subject Guide under Research Aids.
I like the big picture approach, the Notes option for further detail or advice, and the online links. I'm hoping it will be helpful to non-Law students. I'm also a bit worried that it might be unhelpful to Law students - it's a very basic guide and doesn't integrate well with the richer content of the Law Subject Guide. Simple? Simplistic?
Let me know what you think.
Cheers, Carolyn

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Court Report - New NZ TV program

Victoria University of Wellington in conjunction with TVNZ 7 is producing a weekly TV show on issues within the New Zealand justice system. The first episode is available on demand
It dealt with the Legal Aid report by Margaret Bazely and the decision of the HC in

AMM, re HC Wellington CIV 2010-485-328

on de facto spouses adopting - for commentary on this decision see this from our own Andrew Geddis.
This show may be well worth keeping an eye out for, it screens on TVNZ on Thursdays at 9.35pm, repeated on Mondays at 9.35pm

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Guardian Legal Network (UK)

The Guardian newspaper site in England has a dedicated area for Legal information including news stories and links to other relevant legal blogs (for example, that of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom). It covers not only relevant English legal commentary but some from the European Community. It describes itself as

The Guardian Legal Network brings together the best blogs and sites that cover legal affairs and developments from around the world. The network connects sites that provide high-quality news, comment, analysis, blogs and multimedia.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

International Statistics on Crime and Justice

Looking for statistics on crime and justice with an international/comparative perspective?

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control has combined to provide a report which analyses data up to 2006. PDF download.
The Law Library of Congress (US) has launched the Global Legal Information Catalog
It describes itself this:
The Global Legal Information Catalog includes information about publications which reprint the laws and regulations of multiple jurisdictions on a particular legal topic. The purpose of the database is to provide additional identifying information about titles, beyond that which is provided in the Library's online catalog. The database works as an interface with the Library of Congress's online catalog and is searchable by jurisdiction, title, subject and keyword.

Results are returned in alphabetical order.
Interesting resource for comparative law