Tool kit list of titles

List of titles: July 2016

Companion animal law guide New South Wales.  2nd ed

Publisher Young Lawyers’ Animal Law Committee, Law Society of NSW
Companion animal law guide New South Wales. 2nd ed Cover
Date 2014
ISBN 9780409340235
Price Free
Also available Online
Summary

This guide for pet owners covers topics including the legal framework, cruelty to animals, buying animals, nuisance animals, dangerous animals, pets and apartments, pets in wills, pets and family law, and assistance animals.

Defend yourself: facing a charge in court.  3rd ed

Author Tim Anderson
Defend yourself: facing a charge in court.  3rd ed Cover
Publisher Federation Press
Date 2014
ISBN 9781862879614
Price $34.95
Also available Online
Summary

A practical guide to defending a criminal charge in court which covers areas including arrest and questioning, bail, lawyers and self-representation, court procedure, pleas, trials, how to research and prepare for a criminal case, evidence, sentencing, appeals, diagrams of a magistrate’s court, character references, and warrants.

The families handbook:  a guide for families and friends of prisoners

Publisher Community Restorative Centre and Corrective Services NSW
The families handbook:  a guide for families and friends of prisoners Cover
Date 2010
Price Out of print
Summary

Contains information useful for people dealing with corrective services and visiting prisoners. It also contains real life stories from people who have had family and friends in prison.

The family law handbook.  4th ed

Author Maree Livermore
The family law handbook.  4th ed Cover
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Date 2016
ISBN 9780455236094
Price $102.00
Also available

Chapters 1 and 2 are also available online

Summary A practical guide to family law, which includes information on what to do immediately after separation, how to negotiate with your former partner, how family dispute resolution works, making the best possible arrangements for children, how to achieve a fair property settlement, and what happens at court.  It also contains samples of parenting plan provisions, court orders, forms and affidavits that can be adapted for individual use.  

Fined out: a practical guide for people having problems with fines.  4th ed

Author Fined out: a practical guide for people having problems with fines. 4th ed
Fined out: a practical guide for people having problems with fines.  4th ed Cover
Publisher Legal Aid NSW
Date 2014
ISBN 9780980612899  
Price Free
Also available Online
Summary

A practical guide to the NSW fines system, covering types of fines, penalty notices, court fines, enforcement action, young people and fines, demerit points.  It includes sample forms and letters.

Guilty your honour: representing yourself in NSW local courts when charged with drink driving.  3rd ed

Author Helen Walsh
Guilty your honour: representing yourself in NSW local courts when charged with drink driving.  3rd ed  Cover
Publisher Walsh Publishing
Date 2015
Also available Available online only. The book is now out of date and should be removed from your collection. Awaiting new edition.
Summary

Helps ensure that defendants to drink driving charges are well prepared, answering questions about the charge and penalties, whether to plead guilty, whether to get a lawyer, how to prepare for court, and what happens on the day of court.

How to run your own court case:  a practical guide to representing yourself in Australian courts and tribunals (non-criminal cases)

Author Nadine Behan
How to run your own court case:  a practical guide to representing yourself in Australian courts and tribunals (non-criminal cases) Cover
Publisher Redfern Legal Centre Publishing, available from UNSW Bookshop
Date 2009
ISBN 9781921410833
Price $34.95
Also available Online
Summary

A simple, practical how-to guide to representing yourself in a non-criminal court or tribunal. It applies Australia-wide and covers all areas of non-criminal law, including debt, consumer claims, landlord and tenant issues, family law, and appeals of government decisions. The book can be used by both the person bringing the action and someone defending an action brought against them. 

Just a piece of paper?  Making your AVO work for you.  3rd ed

Author Maree Livermore
Just a piece of paper?  Making your AVO work for you.  3rd ed Cover
Publisher Southern Women’s Group
Date 2014
ISBN 9780646483863
Price $3.30
Also available Online
Summary

This booklet is designed to help women understand their rights and responsibilities once they have obtained an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO), and gives suggestions and strategies for making an AVO more effective. It covers police response, the importance of reporting breaches, personal record keeping, aiding and abetting/entrapment, cross AVOs, AVOs and children, AVOs and family law, varying an AVO, and following up on police action.

The law handbook: your practical guide to the law in New South Wales.  14th ed

Publisher Thomson Reuters
Cover Image for Law Handbook
Date 2017
ISBN 9780455238180
Price $102.00
Also available Online
Summary

This book is the single most important plain English guide to the law in NSW. It provides a practical guide to 40 legal topics – legal issues which affect people in their everyday lives.

Neighbours and the law

Author Nadine Behan
Neighbours and the law  Cover
Publisher LIAC, State Library of NSW 
Date 2012
ISBN 9780646578156 
Price $22.00 / Free to NSW public libraries
Also available Online
Summary

This booklet focuses on legal issues between neighbours, looking at some of the common disputes between neighbours such as boundary positions, fencing work, neighbourhood noise, and pet animals. It covers what a person’s rights are and what steps, both legal and practical, you can take to address a problem.

Author Rosemary Long and Trudy Coffey
Rest assured: a legal guide to wills, estates and funerals in New South Wales.  5th ed Cover
Publisher Federation Press
Date 2011
ISBN 9781862878396
Price $29.95
Also available Online
Summary

A plain language guide to wills, estates and funerals, dealing with issues such as how to make a will, how to change a will, how to make a power of attorney, planning ahead, probate, and how to arrange a funeral.

Seniors guide to consumer rights in NSW

Author NSW Fair Trading
Seniors guide to consumer rights in NSW Cover
Date March 2015
ISBN 9781921938085
Price Free
Also available Online
Summary

Designed for seniors, this guide gives information on shopping rights, avoiding scams, housing, building or renovating, buying and maintaining a car, and planning ahead.

Sexual assault: your rights and the law

Author Women's Legal Service NSW
Cover image of booklet Sexual Assault - your rights and the law
Date 2016
ISBN 9780994580801
Price $5.50
Also available Online
Summary

This resource has information for women and girls who have been sexually assaulted, including the meaning of sexual assault, getting medical help and counselling, reporting to the police, and the legal process.

Share housing survival guide

Publisher Redfern Legal Centre
Share housing survival guide Cover
Date 2012
ISBN 9780958785662
Price Out of print
Also available Online
Summary

Designed to provide practical and legal information for people in share housing, this book covers looking for a place, moving in, living in a share house, the legal situation, domestic violence, moving out, and looking for a new housemate.

Speaking for myself: planning for later life decision-making

Publisher Legal Aid NSW and the Benevolent Society, available from Legal Aid NSW
Speaking for myself: planning for later life decision-making Cover
Date 2013
ISBN 9780980751727
Price Free
Also available Online
Summary A short and easy to understand guide to wills, power of attorney, enduring guardians, and advanced care directives.

Strata living: get involved

Author NSW Fair Trading
Cover Image for Strata Living Book
Date 2016
ISBN 9781921938108
Price Free
Also available Online
Summary Gives a clear guide to strata schemes, including information on how strata works in NSW, by-laws, meetings and decision making, and resolving disputes.

Tenants’ rights manual: a practical guide to renting in NSW.  4th ed

Author Chris Martin and the Tenants’ Union NSW
Tenants’ rights manual: a practical guide to renting in NSW.  4th ed Cover
Publisher Federation Press
Date 2012
ISBN 9781862878921
Price $29.95
Also available Online
Summary

This practical and easy to use book clearly explains tenants' legal rights and obligations and how to resolve problems before they become major disputes.  Topics covered included starting, during and ending a tenancy, going to NCAT, share housing, and special groups of tenants. It includes 44 sample letters.

Women and family law.  10th ed

Publisher Women’s Legal Services NSW  
Women and family law.  10th ed Cover
Date 2014
ISBN 9780980762303
Price Free to public libraries, postage $7.50
Also available Online
Summary An easy to read guide covering getting help, divorce, children, protection against violence and harassment, financial support for children, and property.

Youth justice: your guide to cops and court in NSW.  4th ed

Author Jane Sanders
Youth justice: your guide to cops and court in NSW.  4th ed Cover
Publisher Federation Press  
Date 2010
ISBN 9781862878129
Price $59.95
Also available Online
Summary A practical guide for young people who come into contact with the police or the criminal justice system in NSW.  It covers topics including police interviews, police searches, the Young Offenders Act and youth justice conferences, bail, court processes, court outcomes, AVOs and dealing with unpaid fines, as well as getting legal assistance, police powers, security guards, bail, Local and Children’s Court procedure, alternatives to court proceedings, unpaid fines, and complaints about police.