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Legal Research

How to find legislation

There are three main ways to find legislation:

Tip #1: many Acts are amended multiple times. Ask yourself: Is this the current version of the Act? Do I have the version of the Act that was effective and in force at the time of the offense or act?

Tip #2: secondary sources (such as legal dictionaries and encyclopedias, texts, legal commentaries, and journal articles) are useful for identifying legislation to research and provide useful commentary and context.

Find legislation by topic

Find judicially considered legislation

Judicial consideration of legislation is where the legislation has been applied, discussed or interpreted in court.

Legislation citators (eg: FirstPoint, CaseBase, and LawCite) are useful research tools that help you locate cases which have referred to an Act or section thereof.