Halsbury’s Statutory Instruments

Halsbury’s Statutory Instruments

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This podcast covers how to use the printed
version of Halsbury’s Statutory Instruments for legal research. Halsbury’s Statutory Instruments provides
information, arranged by subject on Statutory Instruments (SIs) of general application in
England and Wales. You can use them to find the current status of an SI. It will tell
you if an SI has been amended, revoked or has lapsed. Statutory Instruments are also
known as secondary or delegated legislation. They have names such as orders, rules or regulations. Halsbury’s Statutory Instruments consists
of a number of parts. These include a consolidated Index and a Service Binder. The Service Binder
is a grey binder which includes a Monthly Update section which provides information
on changes to the SIs. If you know the name of the Statutory Instrument
use the alphabetical list of instruments at the back of the Consolidated Index paperback
volume. This gives you the reference number and the subject under which the Statutory
Instrument is listed as shown here. Check the spines of the main volumes (numbered
1-22) for the one which contains your subject. Alternatively, check the front of any of the
volumes to see a subject listing. Some volumes cover more than one subject.
Each subject has its own contents page with the SIs listed chronologically. If an SI is
listed without a page number, it means it is not included in the service. The SI will either be in summary or in full
text. If it’s only a summary and you need the full text use an online resource like
LexisLibrary or Westlaw to find it. To update the SI use the Monthly Update section
in the Service Binder. First, find the volume number and then the subject of your SI. Remember
to look for your SI in the List of Changes, which is located after the Chronological List
of New Instruments. It will tell you if there is any new information about your SI. There are two ways to research an SI using
the printed version of Halsbury’s Statutory Instruments. If you know the name of the SI
use the alphabetical list at the back of the Consolidated Index paperback volume. This
gives you the reference number and the subject under which the SI is listed.
Alternatively, if you know the SI number e.g. SI 1998/213 then use the Chronological list
at the front of the service binder. This will give you the full title of the SI and the
subject under which it is listed. Then Check the spines of the main volumes (numbered 1-22)
for the one which contains your subject. If you would like further help and information,
please ask a member of staff in the Library or visit the Library website.

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