Halsbury’s Statutes

Halsbury’s Statutes

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This podcast covers how to use the printed
version of Halsbury’s Statutes for legal research. Halsbury’s Statutes comprises the statute
law of England and Wales from the earliest times to the present day. They provide an
up-to-date version of the amended text of Public General Acts and Church of England
Measures currently in force as well as a number of private and local Acts.
Halsbury’s Statutes is easy to use. The statutes are arranged in alphabetical order covering
the main areas of law. Each Act is fully annotated to provide information relating to Parliamentary
debates, amendments and repeals as well as the commencement date. It also includes cross-references
to other provisions of the Act, cases and subordinate legislation.
Volumes are revised and reissued when necessary to take account of changes in the law. Halsbury’s statutes comprise a number of
parts including a consolidated index, a cumulative supplement and a Noter up.
The cumulative supplement and the Noter up binder are updating tools which contain information
on recent changes to the law which occurred after the publication of the main volumes. There are also six binders entitled the Current
Statutes Service Binders. These are loose leafs containing new acts that have yet to
be incorporated into the main volumes. The binders are labelled A to F. The corresponding
volume numbers and the subjects covered in each of the vols. is printed on the spine
of the binder. This fictional scenario is the kind of legal
issue you may be asked to research as part of your course. So, where do you start? First,
decide which subject keyword you are going to look up. In this scenario, the issue you
are researching is UK immigration and nationality law. The first step is to check the alphabetical
list of statutes at the beginning of the Consolidated Index. The index will point you to the number
of the main volume which has detailed information about the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum
Act 2002. In this example, you will see that the full text of this act is in vol. 31 starting
at page 507. The vol. number is in bold followed by the page number. You may also use the Consolidated
Index to look up an act by subject. However, finding an act by subject can sometimes
be difficult and you may find it easier to find references to an act using Halsbury’s
Laws, textbooks or journal articles and then updating it using Halsbury’s Statutes. Paragraphs
are shown in square brackets e.g. [192]. Pages are shown without brackets. If you see an
“S” following the volume number, it means that the act is recent and has yet to be incorporated
into one of the main volumes. Check the Current Statutes Service Binders for the act. The next step is to find the main vol. no.
31 on the shelves and turn to page 507 which is the page number on which the full text
of this act begins. Find section 10 of the act which covers the
right of abode in the UK. The annotations at the end of each section of the act include
definitions, useful case references, details of amendments and commencement dates. The
commencement date is the date the section came into force. If there is no commencement
date in the annotations then the section was not in force when the volume was published.
It is important that you read the annotations carefully as it provides information that
might be crucial to the research you are conducting. If the act you want is not listed in the Consolidated
Index, consult the alphabetical list of statutes at the front of Binder A of the Current Statutes
Service which lists recent acts. This will give you the volume number and page number
of the act. Check the appropriate binder for further information about the act. Alternatively, the act you want may have been
repealed. If that’s the case, check the Statute Citator. The citator will tell you which act
has replaced the original act. The information in the main volume is only
correct up to the date the volume was published. Your next step therefore is to check the Cumulative
Supplement to update your research. The CS is arranged in the same way as the entries
in the main vol. Look for the volume, page number and section of the act you want in
that order. The Supplement will tell you if any changes have occurred since the main volume
was published. Don’t worry if there is no entry for your section. It just means that
there have been no changes since the main volume was published. If your act was in a
Current Statutes Service Binder you still need to update it using the Cumulative Supplement
and Noter Up. Check for updates after the updates for the main volumes, for example
updates for 1(S) Agency will be after the updates for volume 1 Agency. It is important
that you check the CS for relevant new information affecting the area of law you are researching
as it is an essential part of the legal research process when using the printed version of
Halsbury’s Statutes. Note that the information in the CS is only
current up to the date the CS was published which is in Oct of the previous year. To complete
your research you need to check the Noter Up. Again look for the volume and page number.
If your section isn’t listed it means that there have been no changes since the Cumulative
Supplement was published. If you have an act from the Current Statutes Service Binders
remember that the updates are after those for the main volume. It is important that
you check the Noter Up for relevant new information affecting the area of law you are researching
as it is an essential part of the legal research process when using the printed version of
Halsbury’s Statutes. To conduct effective legal research using
the printed version of Halsbury’s Statutes, start by looking up the title of the act in
the A-Z list of statutes in Halsbury’s Statutes Consolidated Index. This will refer you to
the volume number and page number of the main volume which contains the full text of the
act. Find the main volume on the shelf and locate
the full text of the act. Remember to check the annotations at the end of the relevant
section of the act. If the act you want is not listed in the Consolidated Index, check
the alphabetical list of statutes at the front of Binder A of the Current Statutes Service
which lists recent acts. Finally, to bring your research up to date
check the Cumulative Supplement followed by the Noter Up. This concludes your research,
and this Podcast. For more help and information, please ask
a member of staff in the Library or visit the Library website.

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