- Her Majesty's
Stationary Office. Full text of British Acts since 1996
Counsel Office (PCO): A specialised team of lawyers whose main
work is drafting Government Bills for introduction into Parliament and
related Parliamentary business.
- The Law
Commission: The Law Commission is the independent body set up by Parliament in
1965 (along with a similar Commission for Scotland) to keep the law of England and Wales
under review and to recommend reform when it is needed.
of Lords. Decisions since November 14, 1996 (no search engine). A
helpful search engine can be found in Roger Horne's Miscellany
Court Service Web Site: The Court Service which is an executive agency of the
Department for Constitutional Affairs, which has its own website.This covers
policy, legislation and the Magistrates' courts.
The purpose of the Court Service is the delivery of justice. The Agency is
responsible for the running of most of the courts and tribunals in England &
Wales i.e. Crown, County, Appeals, and provides the necessary services to
the judiciary and court users to ensure its impartial and efficient
Law Books Catalogues:
Library Catalogues United Kingdom: Telnet via HYTELNET and
Web via LibDex
by courtesy of Scott Wortley, Lecturer, Law School,
University of Strathclyde
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. This judicial committee currently hears
cases from across the British commonwealth, but in the coming months a new
jurisdiction commences as it deals with cases from Scotland on "devolution
questions". It will decide cases to determine whether the Scottish government or Scottish Parliament have exceeded their powers.
- The Scottish Courts service
website. From this page judgements of the High Court of Justiciary on appeal
(Scotland's highest criminal court); and the Court of Session (the civil court at first
instance - known as the Outer House - and on appeal - known as the Inner House which is itself divided into a First Division and Second
Division) can be found. They are accessible from this
- In Scotland's highest courts all cases where a written opinion is issued are placed on
the website. The website also has a useful search engine (accessible for searches by:
judges, dates, parties or subjects
and by word.
- From the Scottish Courts site it is also possible to get access to selected
judgements from cases in Scotland's local lower level courts, the sheriff
courts. Again, there is a search facility. For both courts the search facility allows you to
search by words or
Judge, date, or party searches.