I like lawyers who state the law on the internet for free. Australia is good at this in the sense of making raw materials available via Austlii. What there is very little of is commentary, and exposition of the law. I have previously sung the praises of John Stratton’s NSW treasure trove of material about criminal law in NSW. And there is the extraordinary resource that is Jeremy Gans’s commentary on the Victorian Human Rights Charter. Recently, though, I have come across two more Victorian lawyers who are stating the law for free on the web, Don Just and Julie Clarke (about whom, more below). And there is a new quality law blog in town: Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes, described by its anonymous author as ‘Some potted thoughts and meanderings about law, legal developments and summary prosecutions in Victoria.’ It has a link today to the Judicial College of Victoria’s Criminal Proceedings Manual, a work in progress in anticipation of the commencement of the revolutionary Criminal Procedure Act, 2009.
Don Just, a fellow barrister, has:
- a great resource about Victorian criminal law and procedure; and
- other excellent material about occupational health and safety law.
Meanwhile, PhD candidate, contracts text author, and Deakin lecturer, Julie Clarke, has multiple useful sites in progress:
- contract law;
- contract and consumer law blog (7 posts so far);
- competition law;
- competition law blog.