Find Legal Answers is a free legal information service for the community of NSW.
Information is provided to the community via the Find Legal Answers website, and the Tool Kit collection held in NSW public libraries.
The Find Legal Answers service is co-ordinated by staff of the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC) at the State Library of NSW. LIAC staff administer the Find Legal Answers website, provide updates to the Find Legal Answers Tool Kit in public libraries, and assist libraries to deliver the service to their communities.
You can contact LIAC staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find Legal Answers Tool Kit
The Find Legal Answers Tool Kit is a collection of up to 20 plain language books held in NSW public libraries which answer everyday questions about the law.
The Tool Kit is updated twice a year. Titles are selected by specialist law librarians as being the most useful and relevant practical guides to the law in NSW. Subjects include renting, wills and estates, family law, drink driving, facing a criminal charge in court, neighbours and the law, bankruptcy, debt and credit problems and consumer law.
The Find Legal Answers Tool Kit is available in all NSW public libraries. Selected titles are also available online - see list below.
Current Tool Kit titles
- Companion animal law guide New South Wales
- Defend yourself: facing a charge in court
- The families handbook: a guide for families and friends of prisoners
- The family law handbook. 3rd ed. Chapters 1 & 2 available online
- Fined out: a practical guide for people having problems with fines
- Guilty Your Honour: representing yourself in NSW local courts when charged with drink driving (online only)
- How to run your own court case: a practical guide to representing yourself in Australian courts and tribunals (non-criminal cases)
- Just a piece of paper? Making your AVO work for you
- The law handbook: your practical guide to the law in New South Wales
- Neighbours and the law
- Rest assured: a legal guide to wills, estates and funerals in New South Wales
- Seniors guide: consumer information for older Australians
- Sexual assault: your rights and the law
- Share housing survival guide (NSW)
- Speaking for myself: planning for later life decision-making
- Strata living: get involved
- Tenants' rights manual - NSW: a practical guide to renting
- Women and family law
- Youth justice: your guide to cops and court in NSW
How laws are made videos
LIAC has produced two videos to explain how our laws are made.
How Laws are Made, presented as two 10-minute films: Parliament and Courts, provides an overview of where Australian laws come from and how new laws are made. It is aimed at non-lawyers including public librarians, the education sector and legal assistance agencies.
The law governs our lives from the day we are born to the day we die. So where do our laws come from? This video explains how parliaments make law, explaining the process of a Bill to an Act, how legislation changes over time, why the Commonwealth makes some laws and the states others, and delegated legislation such as regulations. Also available in captioned format.
Legislation is a major source of law. Courts are the other source of law. This video explains the court hierarchy, the jurisdiction of courts and tribunals, and how courts can make new law by interpreting legislation, filling gaps in legislation, and developing the common law when there is no legislation. Also available in captioned format.
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Legal resources at the State Library
You can visit the State Library of NSW to use our legal resources. The State Library has a large collection of text books, loose-leaf services, legal encyclopaedias, databases, journals, legislation and court reports.