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Tools Highlights

  • A to Z Collection of Links to calculators and tools grouped alphabetically.
  • Desktop Detective Collection of Tools for finding out information about people both in Australia and overseas using the resources of the internet.
  • Legal Assistant Collection of Tools for legal assistants.

Boolean Searching & Search Engines

Don't forget to use Google "Refining a Query" on the results page to refine your search. Then there is the issue of authenticating online evidence for use in Court.

  • Ask (or Ask Jeeves) - Allows you to search by asking plain english questions
  • Dogpile - combines a number of search engines into one.
  • Bing - better than most at searching images
  • WolframAlpha - aggregates information from a number of sources into a summary page
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The Art of War

Wikipedia says " of the oldest books on military strategy in the world. It is also one of the most famous studies of strategy and has had a huge influence on Eastern and Western military planning, business tactics, and beyond."

Foolkit would add "and to the strategies of clever lawyers"

Foolkit would also match this with a favourite, "Getting to Yes" by Fisher, Ury and Patton. That one you will have to buy.

Writing Skills & Document Assembly

An excellent book on improving writing skills for everyone in a legal office is English Essentials - "The wouldn't-be-without-it guide to writing well". It is written by Mem Fox and Lyn Wilkinson and published by Macmillan.

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Court Forms

See our courts pages for Court Rules and Forms.

State Government

Many South Australian Government forms can be accessed through Service SA. Use the Search facility.

Lands Titles Office

LTO Panel Forms are available to either print or to complete on-line. Foolkit discourages the Public from attempting any dealings with real property on the basis of the Forms alone. Please see a solicitor or licensed conveyancer.

Revenue SA




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Research Tools

Instapaper: This is a very simple free addition to your browser's toolbar. When you find a page that's interesting and you don't have time to read it, just click the button. If you select text before clicking then this is added as a text comment.Also useful if you are collecting information on a topic. Try out its feature like add a folder, move (to a folder), view text only, archive and print in a range of formats including 3 column newspaper style.

Interesting Articles Published by Law Firms

Lexology - you can also subscribe for a daily email of topical information. 


It is beyond the scope and budget of this site to provide a set of free precedents.

The The Law Society of NSW has a range of precedents that it sells. Although written for NSW Law, many are still of practical help for a South Australian Solicitor. Prices vary.

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Legal Education

The Law Society of SA has an excellent ongoing program of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Visit their main page and scroll through for details of upcoming events or download a copy of the CPD Brochure - Law Society SA.

Papers from earlier sessions may also be purchased.

Education Section of LSSA
Telephone: 8110 5200

Plain English Drafting

Clarity is a web site that fosters the use of good, clear language by the legal profession. They have articles that include some practical examples of plain language drafting.

Plain English Lexicon (link is in the last line) is a free download (I could only get the download to work in Internet Explorer). It is a guide as to whether or not your words will be understood and suggests alternative plain english words.


TED: Ideas worth Spreading- "riveting talks by remarkable people"

Social Science Research Network  (often a 2nd attempt will download the paper)

Legal Research for Students

The Federal Court of Australia has a collection of links for Students on Legal research and citation guides.

The suggest that school, tertiary or local public libraries are often the best place to start your research.

The Australian Libraries Gateway provides easy access to contact details, web sites and catalogues of libraries.

For more advanced students there is Thinking Like a Librarian: Tips for Better Legal Research.

Legal Humour

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