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Police and crime

Do you have to go to court? Have you been the victim of a crime? Find information about police powers, and how to defend yourself when charged with a crime.


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This looseleaf service has detailed information on topics including crime, evidence, bail, prisoners, young offenders, juries, warrants, and victims of crime. Also available online in the State Library.

This video follows the stories of two people with cognitive disabilities as they prepare for and go to court- one as a witness and the other as defendant.

A short film for young people about criminal law and group offending. There is also a study guide which explores the film's themes, characters and legal concepts, as well as fact sheets about relevant legal topics.

Looking for more? The State Library has a wealth of legal information in its collections. Try searching our various resources to find more.

Legislation and case law

NSW legislation

Find all NSW legislation, including current and historical Acts, Regulations, Gazettes and Bills. 

NSW caselaw

Find cases from NSW courts and tribunals, including the Supreme Court, Local Court, and the Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)


Find legislation and cases from all Australian jurisdictions.

Federal Register of Legislation

Find all Commonwealth legislation, including current and historical Acts, Legislative Instruments, Gazettes and Bills.