COVID-19 has had many impacts across our community and within legal practice. The Library works closely with a large number of legal publishers, and many of those publishers have offered digital access to existing services to make it easier for all who are rapidly adapting to new ways of working, including being able to access library resources from home. These offers are without additional cost, and are for a limited period only.
Services available to all members of the community
- Victorian Reports: Free and Open Access to the Victorian Reports Online (until 30 June 2020) for Australians and NZ. For the next three months, with the co-operation of the Council of Law Reporting in Victoria, the publisher of the Victorian Reports, Little William Bourke Pty Ltd (a division of BarNet JADE), will provide free and complete access to the Victorian Reports online at https://victorianreports.com.au.
- BLOOMSBURY Digital Resources are available upon request until the end of May 2020. More information can be accessed at https://www.bloomsbury.com/dr/digital-resources/library-resources/covid-19-resources-available-from-bloomsbury/.
- BRILL has opened access to books and articles on COVID-19 and coronavirus related content. This collection can be accessed online at https://www2.brill.com/COVID-19_Collection.
- COVID-19 AND THE LAW OF AUSTRALIA, written by Emrys Nekvapil, Maya Narayan and Stephanie Brenker, is an online textbook, providing guidance on the laws made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This text is intended to provide readers with succinct, timely and accurate information about the interaction of COVID-19 and the law of Australia. The book is accessible online at https://covid19-law.com.au/index.html.
- ELSEVIER ScienceDirect has made more than 21,000 coronavirus related content freely available for 6 months online at https://www.sciencedirect.com/.
- EMERALD has consolidated a number of freely available resources related to Coronavirus including previous epidemics online at http://www.emerald.com/insight.
- OXFORD University Press leading journals are freely accessible online via http://www.academic.oup.com.
- PUBMED Central biomedical and life science articles are freely accessible during this time and accessible online via https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/.
- SAGE has removed subscription gateways to articles related to COVID-19. A full list of articles can be viewed online at https://journals.sagepub.com/coronavirus.
- SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA is following State and Commonwealth government advice regarding COVID-19. View this information online at https://www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au/news/coronavirus-information.
- TAYLOR & FRANCIS has made relevant research articles free to access. Articles are added to the site daily and can be accessed online at https://www.tandfonline.com/page/covid19.
Judgments on COVID-19 available at the Law Library of Victoria
During COVID-19 restrictions, the Law Library of Victoria is a fully digital service. You can search for COVID-19 judgments via the Law Library of Victoria catalogue and Law Library of Victoria website.
The Judicial College of Victoria has created a resource which tracks the developing impact of the pandemic on the common law and the application of general principles. View online at https://www.judicialcollege.vic.edu.au/news/coronavirus-jurisprudence-0. Also on this website is a link to Coronavirus cases, which provides further information about cases impacted by COVID-19.
Coronavirus and the Courts
The coronavirus pandemic is having a substantial impact on courts all around Australia. The Judicial College of Victoria has created a resource to help courts, and court users, understand the different practices that have been put in place across the jurisdictions. View online at https://www.judicialcollege.vic.edu.au/news/coronavirus-and-courts.