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How to Use This Handbook


This Handbook is intended to be accessible to everyone. There are two ways of navigating the information it contains. Firstly the search function – located in top right corner of your screen – allows you to look up mentions of specific words and phrases. Secondly, the drop-down menu on the right of your screen lets you see what each of the chapters is about.

The Tasmanian Law Handbook is an introduction to the law for people who would like to know more about it. They could be coming into contact with the legal system, or be facing a neighbourhood dispute, or a disagreement with government; they might just be looking to know more about the law.

The handbook has been divided into a number of sections to address the subjects that most commonly arise as issues for people. This includes such topic areas as ‘Housing’, ‘Government’, ‘Community’, and ‘Criminal Law’.

The information contained here is not intended to be a replacement for legal advice, it is a resource to help inform people of the law. The handbook serves as an introduction to the law in Tasmania for everyone. For legal advice, please look to the Legal Assistance chapter in this section, where the contact details for free legal advice services are provided, as well as law firms specialising in different areas of the law.

Author information

The handbook staff are the updating author: Lachlan Thompson and ongoing editor-in-chief: Lucy Smejkal.

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Author and contact information

The current editor of the Tasmanian Law Handbook Online is: Lucy Smejkal If you would like to contact the editors to inform them of errors in the Handbook or changes in the law of which you think they should be aware please email:

Page last updated 29/03/2021

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