useful links

Link Categories

We have organised our links into categories, please click the category name below to jump to that section.


  • 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.
  • Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) - the regulatory body for public sector information, incorporating Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO).
  • Office of the Queen's Printer for Scotland - access to Scottish legislation (as enacted).
  • 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).

Case Law

  • British & Irish Legal Information Institute - (see entry under Legislation above)
  • CaseCheck - A free, up-to-date archive of Scottish court reports, with case summaries and commentary available along with a search facility for registered users.
  • EUR-Lex - (see entry under Legislation above)
  • House of Lords - access to html versions of all House of Lords judgments from 14th November 1996. Judgments delivered since 2005 are also available to download from within the html document as pdfs.
  • Privy Council - judgments issued by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, including those relating to devolution issues'and the Scotland Act 1998.
  • Scottish Courts - judgments of the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary, with a separate search facility for judgments of the Sheriff Courts.
  • Supreme Court of the United Kingdom - as well as being the final court of appeal, the Supreme Court plays an important role in the development of United Kingdom law.
  • 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.

Sources of Information

  • 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.
  • The Edinburgh Gazette - the Official Newspaper of Record for Scotland.

Parliamentary & Governmental Resources

  • Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals - the Government body with delegated responsibility for planning and related appeals in Scotland.
  • 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.

Courts & Tribunals

  • Court of Justice of the European Union - constitutes the judicial authority of the European Union and, in cooperation with the courts and tribunals of the Member States, it ensures the uniform application and interpretation of EU law.
  • 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 UK Supreme Court.
  • 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.
  • International Court of Justice - (ICJ) - the principle judicial institution of the United Nations (UN), which sits in the Hague and is charged with settling disputes arising under international law.
  • Lands Tribunal for England & Wales - a tribunal with jurisdiction over England & Wales for adjudication of land disputes.
  • 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.
  • Supreme Court of the United Kingdom - as well as being the final court of appeal, the Supreme Court plays an important role in the development of United Kingdom law.
  • The Scottish Arbitration Centre - The Scottish Arbitration Centre is the home of domestic and international arbitration in Scotland.
  • 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.

Executive Agencies & Statutory Bodies

  • 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.
  • Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator - (OSCR) - regulator and registrar of Scotland's charities, and non-Ministerial department of the Scottish Government.
  • Scottish Courts - website providing a single access point to the civil and criminal courts of Scotland, maintained by the Scottish Courts Service, an agency of the Scottish Government.
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency - (SEPA) - the public body responsible for regulating and advising on environmental matters in Scotland.
  • 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 here.
  • Scottish Natural Heritage - (SNH) - government body with Ministerial advisory role regarding policy development and strategic advice.

Professional Bodies - Scotland

Professional Bodies - England & Wales

Professional Associations

Charitable Organisations

  • 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.

We welcome suggestions for adding to this list: