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The law handbook: your practical guide to the law in NSW

The law handbook: your practical guide to the law in NSW

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The Law handbook 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.

All chapters from the 15th edition of The law handbook provided by Thomson Reuters for publication on the Find Legal Answers website. This edition is up to date as of October 2019.

Copies of this book are also available in the Find Legal Answers Tool Kit at your local public library.


Chapter one

About the legal system

An introduction to the legal system, including Fundamental concepts, Courts, Legal documents and Doing legal research.

Chapter two

Aboriginal people and the law

Historical overview - current law - land rights - native title - criminal law - children, women and family law - legal services for aboriginal people - cultural heritage and intellectual property.

Chapter three

Accidents and compensation

Liability for injury or damage - injury or damage caused by animals - injuries to animals - motor vehicle accidents - property damage - personal injury - sample letters -  dispute resolution - common law damages - workers compensation.

Chapter four

Assistance with legal problems

Free legal assistance - what assistance is available - legal aid - getting legal aid - merit tests - means test - jurisdiction test - applying for legal aid - lawyers - choosing a lawyer - fees - costs disclosure - interpreters.

Chapter five


Bank accounts - electronic funds transfer - codes of practice - disputes.


The law handbook, 15th edition, 2020. This edition is up to date as of October 2019.
© Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited 2020.

This publication is copyright. While copyright of the work as a whole is vested in Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited 2020, copyright of individual chapters is retained by the chapter authors.