03.06.2003 15:18 Age: 18 yrs
Category: Law News

PacLII Project continues to grow

The Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute project continues to expand. The Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute project has been one of the significant initiatives of the School of Law. Effectively it provides the most comprehensive and accessible database of judgments and legislation from South Pacific countries.

The project is managed by Robynne Blake. It is funded mainly by a grant from NZODA and also by AusAID.

Finding legal resource materials from the South Pacific countries has long been a problem. Simply collecting the materials and then providing reporting series in hard copy have been the two problem areas in the past, said Ms. Blake. Now there is much greater cooperation regarding the provision of materials from the USP countries. There is a growing confidence as well that online reporting has considerable advantages over the hard copy systems.

PacLII is the new format for what was once the Pacific Law Materials part of the SOL home page. The new site was developed with considerable assistance and encouragement from AustLII in Australia. It incorporates the use of powerful search engines and the like developed by AustLII. Citation of materials will follow a standard set of protocols. Whilst the PacLII site is not fully functional, as yet as there is still some work to be done, it will all come to fruition very shortly.

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