Where to find reference material

Court Rules, Practice Notes and Registrar ’s Notes

You can find these in the Law and Practice section of this website.

Legislation

Commonwealth legislation

If you know the title of the legislation you are looking for, you can search the Federal Register of Legislation website for information about Commonwealth Acts, legislative instruments (Regulations) and related legislative material.

State legislation

Search the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website to find authorised electronic versions of legislation produced for each Act that has come into effect since January 2011, and each new Statutory Rule.

Reference books

Annotated Rules of Court

Author: Richard E. Cook.
Guidance on procedure, including relevant legislation and principles.

Civil Procedure Victoria

Authors: Arthur, John K, Bailey, David L. & Williams, Neil J.
Guidance on civil litigation in Victoria, including commentary on the practice of law in Victoria and how it is being applied in the latest cases, and the forms, practice notes and scales of costs involved in running matters in the Victorian courts and VCAT.

Other resources

Australian Guide to Legal Citation

A guide for citing legal sources, such as cases, legislation and other reference material. A non-printable PDF version is available free via the link above. A printed copy can be obtained for a fee.

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)

AustLII provides free access to Australasian legal materials via its website. It publishes primary legal materials (legislation, treaties and decisions of courts and tribunals), secondary legal materials created by public bodies (e.g. law reform and Royal Commission reports) and a substantial collection of law journals.

Victoria Legal Aid

Victoria Legal Aid provides Victorians with reliable, easy-to-understand legal information in one spot to make dealing with legal issues simpler. Its aim is to give people an awareness and understanding of legal issues and their rights, together with the confidence they need to deal with disputes and access the justice system.

Law Handbook: Your practical guide to the law in Victoria

The Law Handbook contains free information about the laws that affect Victorians in everyday life.

Law libraries

Law Library of Victoria

The Law Library of Victoria is an important resource for the courts, legal profession and the community.  It includes the combined collections of the Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates’ Court and VCAT. Members of the public cannot borrow items from the Law Library of Victoria, but can visit the Supreme Court Library during opening hours and use its computers, which contain a wide range of digital legal resources.

Victoria Legal Aid’s Public Law Library

This is one of the only specialist law libraries open to members of the public. Experienced librarians can help you locate legislation, case law, or other legal material from its collection. The library offers free wireless internet access, public use computers and a photocopier.