DIY legal research

Estimated reading: 1 minute 42 views

Finding the relevant law is often not easy, even for a lawyer, although it has become easier with computers. This section is a good place to start if you follow the links. However it may be necessary to locate the actual laws or legislation under which you could be, or have been, charged.

It is most important to try and locate the most recent law as some areas change regularly.

The following is a brief guide to finding the two types of law: Parliament-made law (legislation), and judge-made law case law. Don’t be frightened by the task and don’t hesitate to ask for help from a librarian when using a library.

To find out what the law is, you can look at three sources:

  • The laws made in Parliament
  • Delegated legislation
  • The decisions made by judges in courts which are published in volumes of law reports