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Law and Legal Studies: Law reports & statutes

Finding South African and foreign STATUTES

GENERAL

Most countries provide free access to at least current statutes via their official government websites so a Google search will provide results.

SOUTH AFRICA

  1. In South Africa, at national level, the original version of an act is published in the Government Gazette.
  2. Amendment acts are published in separate government gazettes as are delegated legislation or regulations.
  3. The commerical publishers Juta and LexisNexis as well as Netlaw (via Sabinet Legal), provide online fulltext access to the consolidated or most recent versions of acts, inclusive of amendments.
  4. Regulations are slowly being published online as well by Juta, Lexis and Netlaw.
  5. Bills are accessible from the SA Government website and Parliamentary Monitoring Group (current bills).
  • The SA Government website provides pdf versions of Government Gazette acts post 1996 (see the Documents option).
  • The national Government Gazette is now available online fulltext via Sabinet Legal in pdf format. It is in two parts: the Retrospective government gazette 1910 - 1993 and the Government gazette 1994+. LexisNexis also provides full text access to the Government Gazette since 1910.
  • Provincial legislation is published in provincial gazettes and the consolidated or most recent versions of these acts, inclusive of amendments are published by Juta (1994+) and Lexis (1994+) and Sabinet Legal  (1911+).

Basic guides to using Juta and LexisNexis

Finding South African and foreign LAW REPORTS

Many online law report series are only available via commercial publishers but many are increasingly freely available. A Google search will indicate free access.

SOUTH AFRICA

The two key commercial publishers of law reports in South Africa are Juta and LexisNexis. UKZN subscribes to both their print and online formats. Each makes available the following sets of law reports:

Juta: SA Law Reports; SA Criminal Reports; SA Appellate Division; Juta's Unreported judgments

Lexis Nexis: Constitutional Law Reports; Labour Law Reports; Arbitration Law Reports; Competition Law Reports; Pensions Law Reports; All South African Law Reports (1828 to current); South African Tax Cases Reports; Judgments Online.L

Free online law reports are available from the Constitutional Court; Supreme Court of Appeal; Saflii: Southern African Legal Information Institute.

For a List of South African law report series acronyms and abbreviations, click on the document at the top of this column.

 

SOUTHERN AFRICA / AFRICA

Law reports for some African countries are easily accessible via Saflii, the Southern African Legal Information Institute. Juta also provides access to case law for Zimbabwe (1980-2000); Tanzania (1983-1997) and Zambia (1963-1997).

The African Legal Information Institute Africanlii  provides access to primary information for a range of African countries.

Worldlii: The World Legal Information Institute, which has more than 123 countries affiliated to it, provides access to statutes and law reports for a range of African countries.


FOREIGN LAW REPORTS

HeinOnline provides access to the English Reports, Canadian Supreme Court Reports, US Supreme Court Reports.

Lloyds Law Reports - these are maritime law reports - at the login screen put in your UKZN email. The entire resources available from Lloyds are displayed but we do not have access to them, only the LLR

Westlaw provides access to case law for the United States, Canada, European Union, Hong Kong, United Kingdom (1865+) and Australia

Worldlii: the World Legal Information Institute, is an excellent source for accessing free law reports for a wide range of countries across the world. An alphabetical listing of countries is provided.

 

 

Keeping up to date

if the links below are problematic, use Firefox rather than Internet Explorer to get to Juta.

Finding South African GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS

Many government publications are available post 1994 on the SA government's website. There is an option called 'Documents' that provides access to bills, acts, white papers, statistical and parliamentary documents and annual reports. Each government department has its own site providing copies of relevant legislation, policy and other documents such as docuemtns for comment.

The library obtains copies of most white papers in print; the government gazette and annual reports as well as Hansard debates.

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