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Welcome to the Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII), one of the Commonwealth largest online legal resources. This page contains pointers to the information you are most likely to need when visiting CommonLII for the first time.
Lawyers, Librarians, etc
You can browse the full list of databases available on CommonLII page and then select a specific court, tribunal, journal, law reform or legislation database in which you are interested. Alternatively, you can use the Advanced Search page to search by individual database (eg only High Court decisions), by jurisdiction or by other grouping. If you can not find it on CommonLII, try looking in the WorldLII Catalog. If you know the name of the document you are after you can use the tables of contents and indices. Otherwise, see Search Help for information on using the CommonLII search engine.
Non-Lawyers, Students, etc
If you are interested in information about a particular subject, you might like to start from the WorldLII catalog. You may also be interested in browsing the full list of databases available on CommonLII. Introductory information about case law, legislation and other materials may also be helpful. Use the Search Help to get started with the CommonLII search engine.
Information on what CommonLII is, who runs it and why. It also gives you a good overview of the kind of material you can find here, and where to find it.
A comprehensive index of the CommonLII online help pages which will tell you how to search, what to look for and what you can do with it when you find it!
The starting point for browsing through our materials. Most materials are organised by Australian state. If you are interested in information about a particular subject, you might like to start from the WorldLII catalog.
How to contact the site maintainers to give feedback or ask questions. This page also has pointers to useful help pages. Please note that CommonLII cannot provide legal advice and that we do not have the resources to conduct legal research for you.
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