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Accompanies introductory lecture on UK government and legal information.

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