British & Irish Legal Information Institute - (BAILII) - a vast, searchable, accessible and entirely free database providing full access to primary legal materials including case reports and legislation. BAILII is a not-for-profit charitable website, hosted in the UK & Ireland by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.
EUR-Lex - an official resource providing direct, free access to the Official Journal of the European Union, as well as treaties, case-law, and legislation - existing and proposed.
Pre-Lex - a parallel resource providing access to the various stages of decision-making involved prior to a proposed measure becoming law.
UK Statute Law Database - the official revised edition of UK primary legislation. Allows you to see how legislation has changed over time, also alerting you to such changes as are pending the relevant legislation coming into force. Useful for allowing you to quickly identify whether an alternative provision applies in another jurisdiction (such as Scotland).
The ICR Express - from the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England & Wales (ICLR), and designed to complement the WLR Daily (below), the ICR Express is a free online resource for those interested in Employment Law, Discrimination and Competition, providing previews to the Industrial Cases Reports (ICR) before they are published.
The Scottish Council of Law Reporting - publishers of the Session Cases (including Justiciary Cases). Session Cases are the principal law reports of Scotland, and the supreme courts require that where a case has been reported in either Session Cases or Justiciary in Session Cases, 'it must be cited from that source'. The site features an excellent links page, as well as a number of resources dedicated to 'the Paisley snail', including everything required for a mini-trial imagining of what would have happened had Donoghue v Stevenson proceeded to trial.
The WLR Daily - from the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England & Wales (ICLR), free access to case summaries provided within 24 hours of a judgment being handed down.
European E-Justice Portal - An electronic one-stop-shop for access to justice throughout the European Union. The website provides information and links on laws and practices in all member states, including information about legal aid, judicial training and videoconferencing, and links to legal databases, online insolvency and land registers.
Scots Law News - A Scottish legal 'blog' based at the University of Edinburgh, edited by Professor Hector MacQueen.
Scottish Legal - A news digest and legal portal with a free, daily email newsletter - Scottish Legal News.
EUROPA - the gateway to official information on the European Union, its institutions, policies and law.
Scottish Information Commissioner - individual and public authority responsible for enforcing Freedom of Information legislation in Scotland. Where an individual requesting information is dissatisfied with the response given, in addition to the right of review by the original authority they have the right of appeal to the Commissioner. On point of law alone, further appeal lies to the Court of Session.
The Scottish Government - the devolved Government for Scotland, formerly known as the Scottish Executive. This site contains information on the structure of government, as well as providing substantial resources on a wide variety of topics including agriculture, environment, and planning policy & law.
The Scottish Parliament - the national legislature of Scotland, also known as ‘Holyrood', located in Edinburgh at the foot of the Royal Mile.
Court of Session - the supreme civil court in Scotland, acting as both court of first instance and court of appeal. Ultimate appeal lies to the House of Lords.
Employment Appeals Tribunal - (EAT) - appellate jurisdiction over decisions of the employment tribunals on points of law. In Scotland, judges of the EAT are normally Senators of the College of Justice (see Court of Session or High Court of Justiciary above).
Employment Tribunals - tribunals with jurisdiction over matters of employment in Scotland and England & Wales.
European Court of Human Rights - the judicial institution of the Council of Europe, and mechanism through which obligations arising from the European Convention on Human Rights may be enforced.
High Court of Justiciary - the supreme criminal court in Scotland, with jurisdiction over all of Scotland and in respect of all crimes.
Lands Tribunal for Scotland - an independent civil court with jurisdiction over the discharge or variation of title conditions and related matters.
Privy Council - the court of final appeal for UK overseas territories, Crown dependencies, and, following the devolution settlements in Scotland and Northern Ireland, the final arbiter on devolution issues arising under the respective Acts of 1998.
Scottish Land Court - a court of law with jurisdiction ‘set firmly within the context of Scottish farming', and adjudicating on matters relating to agricultural holdings (including crofts).
Sheriff Courts - the local courts of Scotland, each of which exercises civil and criminal jurisdiction within its Sheriff Court district.
United States Supreme Court - the supreme judicial tribunal of the United States, established by the Constitution and with predominately appellate jurisdiction over decisions of the lower courts, both federal and state.
Crofting Commission - a public body established by the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1955 charged with the organisation, regulation and development of crofting and advising on crofting matters in Scotland.
Equality & Human Rights Commission - a non-departmental central government body responsible for working towards the elimination of discrimination, promotion of equality and protection of human rights throughout the United Kingdom. The EHRC replaced the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and Disability Rights Commission (DRC) in 2007. There are separate pages maintained for the Commission's work in Scotland.
Her Majesty's Court Service - an executive agency of the central government Ministry of Justice, responsible for the magistrates'courts, Crown Court, county courts, High Court and Court of Appeal in England & Wales.
Historic Scotland - an executive agency of the Scottish Government with advisory responsibility for the historic environment.
Law Commission - a body analogous to the Scottish Law Commission, for England & Wales.
Scottish Law Commission - an independent statutory body established for the purpose of recommending ‘reforms to improve, simplify and update the law of Scotland'.
Scottish Legal Complaints Commission - (SLCC) - a non-governmental statutory body created in 2007 to operate as a single point of access for dealing with complaints against both Solicitor and Advocate branches of the legal profession. Prior to its opening in October 2008, complaints were dealt with by the relevant professional body and ultimately the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman. For details of the reform, the Scottish Government consultation exercise is available http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/05/09103027/30286 here.
Scottish Natural Heritage - (SNH) - government body with Ministerial advisory role regarding policy development and strategic advice.
Crofting Law Group - association of lawyers and other professionals interested in crofting law in Scotland.
International Bar Association - (IBA) - international association of legal practitioners, with over 190 Member Organisations in the form of local, national and regional Bar Associations and Law Societies.
Planning Aid for Scotland - charity providing free, professional planning advice to individuals and community groups, with an emphasis on those experiencing social exclusion and/or financial difficulty.
Scottish Environment Link - a charity which provides a forum for Scottish environmental voluntary organisations and lots of useful environment-related links.
Scottish Legal Action Group - (SCOLAG) - an organisation aimed at the promotion and advancement of legal education in Scotland; publishers of the SCOLAG Legal Journal.
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4th Annual TFC Local Government Conference 14 May 2013
Terra Firma Chambers is hosting its 4th Annual Local Government Conference on Thursday 6th June 2013 at the Mackenzie Building, Edinburgh. Chaired by Roy Martin QC, this full day conference will focus on means of reducing the risk of challenge.