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  • Reading and writing Law: introduction
    Pete Smith
    Information Adviser
  • The Structure of Government and Legal information
    PRIMARY
    SECONDARY
    Green Papers
    Journal articles
    Reports
    White Papers
    Encyclopaedias
    Judgments
    Bills
    Textbooks
    Acts of Parliament
    Statutory Instruments
    Newspapers
  • Sources and where to find them
    We will now follow an idea from its beginning through to its becoming established in the legal system.
    We will look at how and where we can find information about the idea.
  • The idea
    A Minister gives a speech, introducing a potential new policy.
    It could be reported on the Ministry/ Department website
    It could be discussed in newspapers
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/markhillary/
  • The idea develops
    The government decides to take the idea further, and issues a general proposal- often known as a Green Paper
    Available from the Official Publications website http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/ Provides all Command Papers from 2004
    There may be an associated consultation site
    May also be discussed on campaign and lobby group websites, e.g. The Literacy Trust covered Every Child Matters
    May be covered in newspapers
  • Proposal for legislation
    Following the discussion of the Green Paper, the government may issue a Command Paper outlining proposed legislation- often referred to as a White Paper
    Available from Official Publications http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/ Provides all Command Papers from 2004
    There may be a consultation site
    May also be discussed on campaign/lobby group websites
    May be covered in newspapers
  • The Bill
    The government decides to introduce legislation- usually this is announced in the Queen's Speech.
    Current Bills can be found on the Parliament website http://services.parliament.uk/bills/
    You can follow their progress, read debates and see changes
    Proposed legislation will also be discussed in newspapers and journal articles
  • The Act
    Should it make it through Parliament, the Bill will become an Act of Parliament
    http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/about_legislation
    http://www.bailii.org/uk/legis/num_act/
    Current Law Statutes Annotated- print source, provides commentary on Acts. Useful for following development of Acts
    LexisLibrary and Westlaw
    OPSI, Bailii, LexisLibrary and Westlaw also list Statutory Instruments
  • Up before the Courts
    Judgments and opinions relating to the Act may be published
    http://www.bailii.org/
    LexisLibrary, Westlaw, Casetrack, Lawtel
    Note: cases from lower courts- magistrates, crown, county- are NOT reported.
  • Citations- Neutral
    R (on the application of Purdy) (Appellant) v Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent)
    [2009] UKHL 45
  • Citation- Proprietary
    Austin and another v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
    [2009] UKHL 5 [2009] AC 564
  • Discussion and debate
    As it progresses from suggestion to Act and beyond, the idea will be discussed and debated
    Journals
    available via LitSearch, the catalogue and in hard copy
    Encyclopaedias
    Such as Halsburys Laws of England, updated each month
    Textbooks
    Newspapers
  • An example
    The Terrorism Act 2000
  • Cm 3420 Inquiry and Cm 4178 Consultation paper http://www.archive.official-documents.co.uk
    Terrorism Bill 1999
    http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.com/pa/cm199900/cmbills/010/2000100.htm
    Terrorism Act 2000
    http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2000/ukpga_20000011_en_1
    Act
    Idea
    Bill
    Discussed in secondary sources:-
    Newspapers
    Journals
    Encyclopaedias
    Textbooks
    R v Z [2005] UKHL 35 [2005] 2 AC 645 http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKHL/2005/35.html
    Case
  • Finding materials
    You will use a range of tools to find materials
    The Learning Centre catalogue
    Online databases
    Search engines