How do I find legal definitions?
The answer depends on the jurisdiction.
For Australian law, try the legal dictionaries on LexisNexisAU. On the 'Dictionaries' tab you will find two dictionaries:
- Australian Encyclopaedic Legal Dictionary - will give you a plain language definition supported by reference to the source in cases and legislation.
- Australian Legal Words and Phrases - will tell you where you can find definitions within the primary sources.
You can also try using Words and Phrases on WestlawAU, which also provides links to terms judicially considered:
- Go to 'Cases'
- Select Advanced Search > More options > Words and Phrases
There are also print legal dictionaries available in the Craven and St Benedict's Libraries.