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Legal links

advice services alliance
Gives an overview of the whole range of Alternative Dispute Resolution options. Aimed at legal advisers, advice agencies, solicitors, judges, and also to the general public.

advicenow
Information on the law and your rights from a wide range of advice and information services. A project of Advice Services Alliance.

british and irish legal information institute (bailii)
Has British and Irish case law online, as well as legal links.

british institute of human rights (bihr)
The BIHR's aim is to increase awareness of human rights. 

casetrack
Fully comprehensive site of online court judgments.  You need to subscribe for this service.

commissioners /upper tribunal decisions 
You can get english,scottish and welsh starred and selected decisions at the Tribunals judiciary website.

courts and tribunals service
Provides common administrative support to the courts and tribunals.

current awareness
A weblog, set up to provide up-to-date information regarding new case law, changes in legislation, and legal news, for lawyers practising in the UK. The content is selected and updated daily by information professionals on the staff of the Inner Temple Library in London. Email and RSS feed subscriptions available.

department for communities (northern ireland) 
You can access the following from this site:

department for work and pensions (dwp)
Has:

disability law service (dls)
DLS provides advice and information on these six areas of law - Disability Discrimination, Consumer, Community Care, Further and Higher Education, Employment and Welfare Benefits (Greater London Area only).

equality and human rights commission
For human rights case law

european court of human rights
Court cases, reports, pending cases etc.

european court of justice
Online Court decisions.

european union
Has case law and legislation.

fylde law glossary of legal terms
A glossary of common legal terms.

guide to legal resources in britain and northern ireland
Has links to legal advice on a wide range of subjects, including benefits.

houses  of parliament
For government bills and hansard.

incorporated council of law reporting
Publishes summaries of selected important case law.

justice
Information on the administration and regulation of the justice system in England and Wales can be found on this website. Provides information on how to appeal. Also has downloadable forms and internal guidance for tribunals.

law centre (ni)
Mainly concerned with the enforcement and development of social welfare law in Northern Ireland. Has sections on case law and benefits information.

law centres network
Explains what Law Centres do. Has online search for centres near you.

law society
Has an online database for finding a solicitor in your area. 

law works
LawWorks is the operating name of the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG). Its mission is to support, promote and encourage a commitment to pro bono across the solicitors' profession. LawWorks aims to increase the delivery of free legal advice (using a network of volunteers) to individuals and communities in need.

legal advice centre
Provides advice and undertake casework on Welfare Benefit Law to a specialist level.

legal aid agency - Administer the Community Legal Service (legal help), which replaced the old civil scheme of legal aid.

legal terms
Pinnington Law has an online non-lawyers guide to legal terms - not all relevant but some useful.

legislation.gov.uk
Online access to Acts of Parliament and Statutory Instruments. Has links to:

  • UK parliament acts (statutes)
  • UK parliament regulations (statutory instruments)
  • Northern Ireland assembly acts
  • Northern Ireland assembly regulations (statutory rules)
  • Scottish parliament acts
  • Scottish parliament regulations
  • Welsh assembly regulations

liberty
One of the UK's leading human rights and civil liberties organisations.

the national careline
A not for profit company offering information about care and support for older people, their carers and their families.

neligan's digest of commissioner's decisions
Summaries of Commissioner's decisions for most benefits.

northern ireland court service
Has the office of social security commissioners on it.

office of public sector information
Provides online access to UK legislation (including hmso).

office of social security commissioners - northern ireland
Contact details and some information available.

office of social security and child support commissioners - scotland
Tells you what the Commissioners do and how to appeal.

pensions appeal tribunal - england and wales
Hears appeals from ex-servicemen or women who have had their claims for a war pension rejected by the Secretary of State for Defence. There are also separate offices for:

public law project
Aims to improve access to public law remedies for those whose access is restricted by poverty, discrimination or other similar barriers. Has a caselaw section and some useful links.

remember a charity in your will
Gives advice on what to include in a will and how to find expert advice.

rightsnet
Has a selection of more than 500 decisions dating from the late 1940s to the 1990's, in their commissioners' section section as well as a digest of decisions from November 2003 in their briefcase section (subscription only service).

scottish courts website
Provides access to information relating to all civil and criminal courts within Scotland. The information includes location details, contact numbers, advice and details of recent significant judgments. 

scottish legal aid board
Provides information for the public and legal profession about legal aid. The best way to view it is via the site map.

the stationery office
Online book shop where you can buy legislation.gov.uk publications.

supreme court
The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases. It also hears appeals in criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.