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Legislation: England & Wales/UK (Westminster)

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UK and English & Welsh Legislation (Westminster)

Below are the reliable sources of Westminster legislation available to holders of an Oxford SSO.

It is important to know whether you are looking for the amended (current) text of an act or the unamended statute in the wording orginally passed by Westminster. The subscription databases Westlaw Edge UK and Lexis + UK are probably quicker at incorporating amendments: to be extra sure you could check both!

The first group require an Oxford SSO, the second group are available to all access to the internet.

Reliable online sources of UK statutory materials on the free web

On Level 2, the level at which you enter the Law Library

The open shelf collection includes those services on which the English legal world relied before the arrival of the legal databases and online sites.

Halsbury's Statutes  Shelf mark: KZ 2

Multi - volume work arranged by broad subject area.  Has statutes as amended and annotated with a looseleaf updating service.

Halsbury's Statutory Instruments  Shelf mark: KZ 3

Arranged by broad subject these have summaries of statutory intruments with some major instruments being reprinted in full.

Current Law Statutes Annotated Shelf mark: KZ 5

From 1947 onwards.  Arranged by year.  Contains statutes as originally enacted with annotations.

Current Law Legislation Citator  Shelf mark: KZ 6

A chronological index of UK legislation for the period indicated on the spine, detailing amendments, commencement dates and cases which have interpreted the legislation.

On Level 1, one floor below the entrance level to the Library

On open shelf are runs of the texts of legislation (public, private and local) and statutory instruments in the form as originally promulgated.  These are bound together chronologically. There are also various historic indexing services to help you find legislation by topic or subject matter.

 If you require an early (ie pre c1850) then please ask a member of staff for assistance. It may be a volume which has to be fetched for you.

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