This page aims to provide basic information in finding law resources and explaining some common terminologyfor non-law students. For detailed information on where to finding legal information please visit the JCULaw library guide.
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AustLII publishes public legal information -- that is, primary legal materials (legislation, treaties and decisions of courts and tribunals); and secondary legal materials created by public bodies for purposes of public access (law reform and royal commission reports for example) and a substantial collection of law journals.
JADE (Judgments And Decisions Enhanced) is a free caselaw and legislation database. JADE can be used to search for or browse Australian legislation and court and tribunal decisions, and receive alerts of new decisions and court digests. A basic JADE account is free for anyone once you register. JCU students can also receive free access to the enhanced features of JADE Professional by sending an email to email@example.com. from their university email address.
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