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Law: Legislation: Find commentary discussing legislation

A Library Guide to support students and staff of the University of Newcastle in finding Legislative resources

Legal commentary

What is legal commentary?

  • Secondary sources of law describe, summarise, explain, analyse or critique the law and are collectively referred to as legal commentary.
  • Assist in locating and understanding the relevant primary sources of law (legislation and case law) by often providing references to key legislation and leading cases on specific legal topics.
  • Subject specific legal commentary previously published in printed format as looseleaf services provide up to date information on specialised areas of law. They may link directly to relevant legislation and case law.
  • Commentary on legislation will assist with interpreting and applying sections of Acts often providing a practical focus.
  • Examples: textbooks, case citators, statute annotators, legal dictionaries & encyclopaedias, journal articles and newspaper articles. 

What is a statutes annotator?

  • A statutes annotator not only contains the text of the relevant statute but may also include the history of a provision, commentary explaining the operation of the statutory provision and references to relevant case law and journal articles.

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