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Business Research Guide: Business Law
Welcome to the ACT Business LibGuide! Here you will find Business-related information and resources for your class assignments and projects.
PublicLegal, is a product of the Internet Legal Research Group (ILRG). A categorized index of more than 4000 select web sites in 238 nations, islands, and territories. This site was established in 1995 to serve as a comprehensive resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession, with an emphasis on the United States of America.
HG.org was one of the very first online law and government sites. It was founded by a large network of independent law firms. HG.org objective is to make law, government and related professional information easily accessible to the legal profession, businesses and consumers.
The Uniform Law Commission promotes uniformity of law among the several states on subjects as to which uniformity is desirable and practicable.
Case and Legislations
What is case law?
Case law is the reported decisions of courts which make new interpretations of the law. These interpretations may be cited as precedents.
Case Citators are used:
To find the correct citation for a case
If the case is reported in more than one series of reports
To find out whether it is reported in an authorised law report series
To find any earlier or later cases where the case has been considered
To find journal articles and legislation considering the case
Case citators may link to the full text of the judgement and provide annotations on the case history. Annotations serve as a summary of the facts of the case and demonstrate how the law is enacted in legislation.
When searching for a case the case citator will search across the case summary including party names, jurisdiction, court and judge. The full text of the case is not searched.
What is legislation?
Legislation is law made by Parliament. It consists of:
Acts (also known as statutes)
Subordinate and delegated legislation (this refers to rules, regulations, by-laws and orders, legislative instruments created pursuant to an Act of Law)
Bills (a proposal for a new law, or change to an existing law).
Legislation and associated documents, (extrinsic materials) are published in hard-copy and also available online.
Extrinsic materials are extremely useful in the legal research process. These materials are not included in Acts, but derived from external sources and can help clarify the meaning intended by Parliament. It may be in the form of explanatory memoranda, parliamentary speeches or law reform commission reports. This information can help you understand, define or interpret the meaning and intent of the law.
Online versions of legislation are freely accessible via the official Government websites. Click on the appropriate links under States and Territories on this page. Websites are updated regularly, though you should always check the currency of the version you have.
To begin your search for legislation you will need to identify the following:
Which jurisdiction is the legislation enacted? Is it federal or state legislation?
What is the form of legislation? It is a Bill, an Act or a regulation?
What is the name of the legislation?
For example, to look up the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 on the Australian Government Legislation website:
Once you have located the Act, select “View Series” to view Extrinsic Materials such as the items that amend the Principal, the Rules and Regulations the Act enables, and related Bills, such as the originating Bill.
You can use ComLaw to find legislation by Subject Area:
Locate the "Law by Portfolio" from the Main Menu
Select “Health” to browse for legislation in the area of health.