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AUSTRALIAN LAW


INTRODUCTION

court This section of the site is about the law - though it doesn't promise to help people with particular problems. Law is a field of specialised knowledge, and legal advice (for the most part) costs money - free advice will only help you so far. For the record, I'm legally qualified but don't currently practice law and make no attempt to provide "one on one" assistance to anyone through this site.

I suppose I was never cut out to be an ordinary lawyer. The "judge" (barrister) who co-presided over the mock-trial I ran at University said it was the most extraordinary such trial he'd sat on in 20 years - after I'd nailed the Equity lecturer (co-presider/barrister and author of the standard Equity text-book) on a point of law and proved him wrong. I had to concede the case in order to get him off the hook, since he'd just updated the University's Equity textbook in that same area. Well that's how I saw it, anyway.

Back to basics. Legal problem-solving involves determining general legal principles and how they apply to the specific case. Ordinary people may, with luck, stumble upon some indication of the former if they search online - but the application of principles is a matter of opinion and assertion at best (and blind guesswork at worst). If you want "quick, free and easy" help, you can try a newsgroup such as aus.legal - but there is absolutely no guarantee that the information you receive there is accurate, nor can you be certain as to the bona fides of those who post there. For what it's worth, I've provided some fairly general (but still quite useful) advice on the International Law page.

WHERE TO START

I don't think that anyone can seriously solve their problems online - yet. Just as it isn't possible to replace the knowledge and experience of a good practising lawyer in the courtroom. People with legal problems have to start somewhere, though - and the more a person knows, the easier it is to help them. The 'disinformation' process can always take place later, or along the way - since, especially in the law, a little piece of knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

On the other hand, you can often avoid a futile endeavour with a call to the appropriate government department or a decent solicitor's firm.

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