Finding the Law - Two day workshops

Jul 05th - All Day

Finding the Law is a course designed to introduce Victorian and Commonwealth case law & legislation resources and research methods to those new to law librarianship

The course is run over two days and consists of two workshops, one covering legislation and one covering case law. Each workshop consists of a trainer-led presentation, followed by hands on research skills exercises. Participants will also have full access to the online training product Finding the Law Online (FLO).

Case Law Workshop

Instructor: Trung Quach

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the court structure in the Commonwealth and Victorian jurisdictions
  • Understand the difference between reported (including authorised) and unreported cases
  • Construct a case citation
  • Know what subscription and free resources can be used to find cases and commentary on them
  • Find cases by party names, citation or subject; and find judicial consideration of a case

Legislation Workshop

Instructor: Naish Peterson

  • Understand how Acts and Statutory Rules / Legislative Instruments are made and repealed
  • Understand the difference between sessional legislation and compilations
  • Construct a citation for a Bill, Act or subordinate legislation
  • Locate Bills and related Parliamentary documents such as Explanatory Memoranda
  • Find legislation by citation or subject
  • Identify assent and commencement dates
  • Find historical versions of legislation
  • Know where to find commentary on an Act and how to find judicial consideration of legislation

The Details

Day 1 – Tues 4 July 2017
Case Law – Part 1 10:00am – 12:30pm
Legislation – Part 1 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Day 2 – Wed 5 July 2017
Legislation – Part 2 10:00am – 12:30pm
Case Law – Part 2 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Location: Wolters Kluwer, CCH Australia, Level 4, 461 Bourke St, Melbourne

Cost: $400 for ALLA (Vic) members
$480 for non-members
Lunch and afternoon tea provided

Register: To register please complete the registration form by 27 June 2017. Places are limited. 

Participants will need a laptop with wifi capability. If you have any enquiries, or would like to attend but do not have a laptop, please contact Vanya Taylor (, (03) 8686 6112)