Queensland (Qld)
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  1. The Law Online - legislation, judgments, journal articles
  2. Self-Help - self-help kits, practical legal information, explanations about the law
  3. Service Providers - community legal centres, non-profit service providers, free legal services, solicitors
  4. The Courts - court hierarchy, links to court and tribunal websites
  5. Parliament - information on Queensland and Federal parliament
  6. Research - online legal material for researchers
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  8. Law Related Information - miscellaneous law related websites
  9. Law / Legal Jobs - finding a legal job in Queensland
  10. Law RSS News - legal / law related news feeds in RSS or Podcast format (what is RSS and Podcast?)

  1. The Law Online
   
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OQPC : Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel provides access to Queensland legislation and current bills in PDF format. Maintained by the Queensland Government, the content is regularly updated and provides access to current, superseded and some repealed legislation.  Also links to Hansard - the official record of Parliamentary debates. For information on the passage of Bills to become an Act of Parliament for Queensland, please click here.
 
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Queensland Judgments : The Queensland Courts provide access to many criminal appeal judgments and civil trial and appeal judgments.  Also links to some tribunal judgments.  For access to Land Court judgments please click here.  For access to the decisions of the Commercial & Consumer Tribunal (builders, architects, engineers, agents, motor dealers, plumbers, racing, liquor, gaming, retirement villages) please click here.
 
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High Court Judgments : The High Court is the highest appeal court in the Queensland Court hierarchy and for the Federal and other State / Territory courts hierarchies.  Select either judgments, transcripts (usually of applications for leave to appeal) or media releases of judgment summaries.
 
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AustLII : Australian Legal Information Institute provides access to judgments and legislation throughout Australia. The site also contains journal articles and information on various legal subjects. Note that Queensland legislation is not always up to date and the OQPC site (above) is the preferred location for Queensland legislation.
 
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ComLaw : contains all legislation of the Commonwealth and non self-governing Territories.  ComLaw has superseded ScalePLUS.

 
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Australian Law Online : provided by the Australian Federal Government to give access to Commonwealth, State and Territory government legal information and services available nationwide.
 
click to enter Glossary of Legal Terms : Use the glossary to find meanings to many legal terms (or common terms that may havea specific legal meaning).  Provided by Legal Aid Queensland.
 
click to enter Dept of Justice and Attorney-General (Qld) : Provides information on Queensland laws, the courts, JPs, mediation, guardianship, births deaths & marriages, information for students and numerous legal fact sheets.
 
click to enter Hot Topics : a magazine style series on recent changes and current debates in the law. It is published by the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC) and hosted on AustLII.
   
 
2. Self-Help Kits & Info Sheets - note that self-help kits do not substitute professional legal advice
 
 
click to enter Legal Aid Queensland : This publications page contains numerous downloadable fact-sheets and self-help kits and other useful information about the law in Queensland.  The site also provides legal information on some legal topics, options for accessing free or affordable legal advice, frequently asked questions and a glossary of legal terms.  The Family Law Guide is very useful for Queenslanders trying to negotiate the family law system.
 
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Caxton Legal Centre : provides a limited range of self-help kits.  The Caxton Legal Centre also publishes the highly recommended Queensland Law Handbook.  All Queenslanders should access this book during their dealings with the law.  The book is useful even if you have professional legal advice to help you make the best use of your lawyer.  Purchase the book from Caxton Legal Centre or borrow a copy from your local library (Brisbane residents - click here to search local libraries).
 
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The Public Trustee : has an information sheet on the process of Administering a Deceased Estate in Queensland (the Public Trustee also has a free will making service to all Queenslander's over the age of 18).  The Queensland Court Registry also publishes an information sheet on obtaining probate (authority to administer) for a deceased estate.
 
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Tenants' Union Queensland : provides a number of information kits about renting in Queensland that are available for download or by order form.  The 'fast facts' range of publications, the Residents' Rights Kit and the Information for Students are particularly useful.
 
click to enter Dept of Justice and Attorney-General (Qld) : number information sheets and self-help kits on topics including: Small Claims Tribunal; Minor Debt Claims; Engaging & Paying a Solicitor; Domestic Violence Orders; Criminal Injury Compensation; Making a Victim Impact Statement; Enduring Power of Attorneys; Applying for Protection under the Peace & Good Behaviour Act.
 
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Queensland Court : The Queensland Court publishes a number of self-help kits, including: Information for Self-Represented Persons about Hearings Before the Court of Appeal; Small Claims Tribunal factsheet; obtaining Probate for a deceased estate; Self-Represented Bail hearings.
 
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Fair Trading : The Office of Fair Trading provides a wealth of information for consumers and businesses.
 
   
 
3(a). Legal Service Providers - Community Legal Centres
   
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Caxton Legal Centre (Brisbane) : The centre provides free legal advice and publishes a limited number self help kits . The centre also publishes the Queensland Law Handbook which provides helpful legal information on a variety of topics.
 
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Logan Legal Advice Centre (Brisbane / Logan) : The centre provides free legal advice and publishes a limited number self help kits . The centre also publishes the Queensland Law Handbook which provides helpful legal information on a variety of topics.
 
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Citizens' Advice Bureau and Highway Legal Service (Gold Coast) : community service organisation funded by the Commonwealth & State Governments and the Gold Coast City Council. It offers, free of charge, general information and referrals, legal advice by qualified solicitors and financial counselling by a qualified financial counsellor.
 
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Youth Advocacy Centre (Qld): offers free confidential legal and welfare assistance to young people under 17 who live in or around Brisbane and on a limited basis to young people outside Brisbane, but living in Queensland, by telephone. Help may also be available to 17 and 18 year olds if their problem is about school or being held in a Brisbane juvenile detention centre.  The site also includes a number of information sheets on assault, dealing with the Police, courts and other youth legal issues.
 
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Tenants' Union of Queensland : The union provides a number of services to tenants, including free phone advice available throughout Queensland and a legal service. The website contains 'fast facts' for renters in downloadable PDF format.
 
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Environmental Defenders Office (Qld) : Provides legal advice and assistance on public interest planning and environmental matters.
 
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Financial Counselling Services (Qld) : Offers advice and advocacy on financial matters for persons on low incomes with credit and consumer problems.
 
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AustLII Index of Qld Community Legal Services: Find a community legal services near you thanks to this index from AustLII.
 
 
 
3(b) Legal Service Providers - Other
 
 
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Legal Aid Queensland : Provides legal assistance to financially disadvantaged people. Legal Aid uses guidelines to determine if someone qualifies for legal assistance and how much they should contribute to the cost of those services.
 
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Queensland Law Society : Information on finding a solicitor, client agreements, making a complaint about a solicitor (or law firm). The site includes numerous legal fact sheets in downloadable PDF format.
 
  4. The Courts
   
Queensland Courts : Information on the Queensland court system including the Supreme Court, District Court, Magistrates Court, Childrens' Court, Planning & Environment Court and the Mental Health Court.
 
Land & Resources Tribunal : an independent statutory body established under the Land and Resources Tribunal Act 1999. The Tribunal is the forum to deal with issues in dispute regarding certain proposed resource development and other land management issues.
 
Queensland Tribunals : Websites for the Liquor Appeals Tribunal, Property Agents & Motor Dealers Tribunal, Queensland Building Tribunal, Racing Appeals Tribunal and the Retirement Villages Tribunal.
 
High Court of Australia : The High Court is the highest court in Australia and may hear appeals from decisions from the Queensland or Federal court system. Provides information on the court and the justices, transcripts of speeches and links to High Court judgments.
 
Federal Court : The Federal Court of Australia is a Commonwealth court and is part of a separate hierarchy to the Queensland Court system. It's jurisdiction is generally limited to Federal matters.
 
Family Court : part of the Federal court system. The website contains a wealth of information on family law issues including self-help kits and a step by step guide to proceedings.
 
Federal Magistrates Courts : The Federal Magistrates Courts are the lower courts of the Federal court system.

 
Administrative Appeals Tribunal : The AAT is a body which provides independent review of a wide range of administrative decisions made by the Australian Commonwealth government and some non-government bodies.
 
   
  5. Parliament
   
Queensland Parliament : The official Queensland Parliament website.  Includes information on the Queensland Parliamentary system.
 
Commonwealth / Federal Parliament : The official Federal Parliament website.  Includes information on the Federal Parliamentary system including the role of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
 
   
  7. Law Related Information
   
click to enter Queensland Police Service : guides to protecting yourself and your property.
 
click to enter Crime & Misconduct Commission : fights major crime and investigates misconduct and corruption in the public sector. Website provides information on making a complaint.
 
click to enter Australian Institute of Criminology:  is the national focus for the study of crime and criminal justice in Australia and for the dissemination of criminal justice information. Online access to the Trends & Issues journal, crime statistics, crime and policy research and other publications.
 
click to enter Queensland Law Reform Commission: reviews areas of law in need of reform. Provides online access to QLRC publications.
 
click to enter Australian Law Reform Commission: The ALRC conducts inquiries - known as references - into areas of law reform at the request of the Attorney-General of Australia. Site provides online access to many ALRC publications.
 
click to enter Butterworths Legal Express : law news from Lexis-Nexis Australia.
 
click to enter e-LAW Journal: Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law is a general journal of law and legal issues with free online access.
 
 
 
8. Law / Legal Jobs
 
 
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Queensland Government Legal Jobs: link to legal jobs on the official Queensland Government job vacancy website.

 
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Hays Recruitment : use the job search function to find law jobs throughout Australia.

 
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Robert Walters Recruitment : use the job search function to find law jobs throughout Australia.

 
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Hudson Legal Recruitment: use the job search function to find law jobs throughout Australia.
 
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Focus Legal Recruitment: use the job search function to find law jobs throughout Australia or subscribe to the Hot Jobs email list.
 
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Federal Magistrates Court of Australia : check out the current job vacancies at the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia (Commonwealth employer).
 
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Federal Court of Australia : check out the current job vacancies at the Federal Court of Australia (Commonwealth employer).
 
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High Court of Australia : check out the current job vacancies at the High Court of Australia (Commonwealth employer).
 
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Family Court of Australia : check out the current job vacancies at the Family  Court of Australia (Commonwealth employer).
 
 
9. NEWS - RSS news feeds and Podcasts
 
 
  What is RSS? - click here to find out
What is a Podcast? - click here to find out
 
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CCH Law News Feed:  (copy and paste the link into your RSS news aggregator / reader)

 
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ABC News Radio - Crime Law and Justice News Feed: (copy and paste the link into your RSS news aggregator / news reader:
http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/rss/CRIMELAWANDJUSTICE.xml
 
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ABC Radio National - Law Report Podcast: (copy & paste the link into your RSS news aggregator)
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/feeds/lawrpt.xml

 
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Ethics & Health Law News Feed: copy & paste the link into your RSS news aggregator / news reader -
http://www.ehlc.net/news.xml
 
 
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