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Other Countries

Some recommended portal websites to the laws of other countries include:

The following guide provides information on the Parliaments, Courts, legislation and case law of the major common law countries, important to the legal system of Australia, these include the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and Europe.

ParliamentLegislationCourtsCase Law
United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Provides information about the United Kingdom Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords
UK Statute Law Database A database containing the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom.
British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)
OPSI UK Office of Public Sector Information (UK Public Acts as passed and Explanatory Notes)
UK Statutes files on Westlaw and LexisNexis
House of Lords
Judgments and information on the judicial work of the House of Lords. Note that judgments delivered since 14 November 1996 appear on line within 2 hours of delivery

BAILLI (British and Irish Legal Information Institute)

The Law Reports (authorised reports which include AC, QB, Ch, and Fam) Westlaw (File LAW-RPTS); LexisNexis (File COMLAW;ICLR)

Weekly Law Reports (WLR) Westlaw (File LAW-RPTS)

English Reports (ER) Hein Online

Criminal Appeal Reports (*from 1909*) and Criminal Appeal Reports (Sentencing) (*from 1979*) : Westlaw (File CR-RPTS-ALL )

Proceedings of the Old Bailey London, 1674-1834 Fully searchable database of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court

New Zealand
New Zealand Parliament

Legislation (PAL)
Public access legislation project – a site providing free public access to unofficial versions of New Zealand statutes (Public, Local, and Private Acts) and Statutory Regulations.

New Zealand Public Statutes
Provides online access to an up-to-date database. Free access to some NZ legislation as well as Hansard and other public documents

Ministry of Justice

New Zealand Law Reports on LexisNexis (File NZ;NZCAS)

NZLII (New Zealand Legal Information Institute)

Directory of Decisions (University of Waikato)

  • Canadian Law
    Findlaw search for Canadian Law – diverse set of links
  • CLE's Legal Links
    A diverse collection of Canadian legal resources including: case law, statutes, news and media

Laws of Canada
A site maintained by the Department of Justice Canada providing access to collection of Canadian Legal materials (statutes, regulations, private acts etc).

Canadian Legal Information Institute, a Federation of Law Societies of Canada initiave providing access to documents by jurisdiction and collection. (Canadian equivalent of AustLII)

Supreme Court of Canada


Canada. Supreme Court reports Westlaw (File CANSCC-CS)

Canada. Federal Court reports Westlaw (File CANFC-CS)

Western weekly reports Westlaw (File WWR-RPTS)

United States
  • LawGuru
    A site with comprehensive links to research, States and general free legal information. A good starting point when searching for laws of the USA.
  • WWW Virtual Law Library
    A good resource divided by subjects, information types and search tools. Sponsored by the University of Indiana Law School and the World Wide Web Virtua.
  • Washlaw Web
    Washburn University School of Law – provides a broad cross section of US Law Links
  • American Law Sources on Line
    "A Comprehensive, uniform and useful compilation of links to freely accessible on-line sources of commentary and practice aids."
  • Cornell Law School
    An excellent starting point for accessing US law.

Legislative information including Public Laws, Bills and Congressional reports) from the US Library of Congress (Thomas)

US Code – LII; US House of Representatives

US Code Annotated (Westlaw). The USCA is found is several databases, for example, constitution, currrent and historical versions.

US Code Service (LexisNexis). Link is available from homepage

Other Codes and Constitutions, including the Uniform Commercial Code, Code of federal Regulations, Federal Rules of Civil Porcedure, Federal Rules of Criminal procedure, State Constitutions, etc. see LII

US Supreme Court

Federal Courts
Contains links to other courts/jurisdictions as well as detailed information about the Federal Courts.

LII (Legal Information Institute)

National reporters (Federal reporter, Federal supplement, Atlantic reporter, Pacific reporter, etc) Westlaw – use Directory.

Supreme Court Reporter (US) Westlaw (File SCT & SCT-OLD)

United States reports Westlaw (File SCT & SCT-OLD)

United States Supreme Court reports, Lawyers ed. LexisNexis (FileGENFED;USLED)

See 'European Union Law'.

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