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Help for First Time Visitors
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Welcome to the New Zeland Legal Information Institute (NZLII), a growing online legal resource. This page contains pointers to the information you are most likely to need when visiting NZLII for the first time.
Lawyers, Librarians, etc
You can browse the full list of databases available on NZLII page and then select a specific court, tribunal, journal, law reform or legislation database in which you are interested. Alternatively, you can use the Advanced Search page to search by individual database (eg only High Court decisions), by jurisdiction or by other grouping. If you can not find it on NZLII, try looking in the WorldLII Catalog (includes New Zealand Law). If you know the name of the document you are after you can use the tables of contents and indices. Otherwise, see Search Help for information on using the NZLII search engine.
Non-Lawyers, Students, etc
You may prefer to get background information on the subject in which you are interested from the WorldLII Catalog (especially the New Zealand Law section for commentaries and summaries). You may also be interested in browsing the full list of databases available on NZLII. Introductory information about case law and other materials may also be helpful. Use the Search Help to get started with the NZLII search engine.
Information on what NZLII is, who runs it and why. It also gives you a good overview of the kind of material you can find here, and where to find it.
A comprehensive index of the NZLII online help pages which will tell you how to search, what to look for and what you can do with it when you find it!
The starting point for browsing through our materials. If you are interested in information about a particular subject, you might like to start from the WorldLII New Zealand Law catalog.
How to contact the site maintainers to give feedback or ask questions. Please note that NZLII cannot provide legal advice and that we do not have the resources to conduct legal research for you.
We hope that NZLII proves to be a useful service to you. NZLII is a free service supported by many "stakeholders" -- sponsors and data providers. Together they have contributed to building a world-renowned site that is free to the public. If you have the time, send a note of thanks to our sponsors and data providers.