About this Website
Links for Queensland Lawyers
Who uses Lex Scripta
the Website Editor
Links for Queensland Lawyers"
Links for Queensland Lawyers first went on-line on 22 June 1998. Its
success and popularity quickly exceeded the modest ambitions with which
it was first created.
On 16 April 2000, the
website was transferred to its own domain - www.lexscripta.com -
and entirely revised. The basic format and major features of the original
site were retained. Significant changes include the introduction of an
easier navigation system; a substantial increase in the number and variety
of linked resources; and a complete restructuring of the site so that each
page should load much more quickly. To create a more functional and efficient
website, many "gimmicks" found on the previous site - such as animated
graphics and background music - were sacrificed.
further "overhaul" was commenced
in January 2004, again with a view to
streamlining the site, making it easier
to navigate and quicker to load.
as the name implies, is intended primarily as a guide to finding Leges
Scriptæ - written legal reference resources - wherever they exist
on the Internet. But it is much more than a catalogue or index of legal
reference sites. Through the links found on this site, practising members
of the legal profession, as well as legal academics and students, should
be able to locate any web-based resource likely to be useful in the course
of their daily work.
Almost all of the
linked sites provide free resources. There are some very worthwhile (and
also some less worthwhile) pay-sites available on the internet for legal
practitioners. The object of Lex Scripta is not, however, to provide
unpaid advertising for pay-sites. Its object, rather, is to provide links
to the huge resource of free sites which exist on the Internet.
Scripta is aimed specifically to assist legal research by members of
the profession in Queensland. But here is much
that should be useful for lawyers in other parts of Australia and overseas,
for people engaged in academic legal research, and for the interested lay-person,
to help them find what they are looking for quickly and efficiently.
Laws of England may aptly enough be divided into two Kinds, viz. Lex Scripta,
the written Law: and Lex non Scripta, the unwritten Law: For although (as
shall be shewn hereafter) all the Laws of this Kingdom have some Monuments
or Memorials thereof in Writing, yet all of them have not their Original
in Writing; for some of those Laws have obtain'd their Force by immemorial
Usage or Custom, and such Laws are properly call'd Leges non Scriptæ,
or unwritten Laws or Customs.
|Sir Matthew Hale, 1609-1676
Lord Chief Justice of England
History of the Common Law of England, 1713
||The municipal law
of England, or the rule of civil conduct prescribed to the inhabitants
of this kingdom, may with sufficient propriety be divided into two kinds;
the lex non scripta, the unwritten or common law; and the lex scripta,
the written or statute law.
|Sir William Blackstone, 1723-1780
Vinerian Professor of Law at the University of Oxford,
a Justice of the Court of King's Bench, and a Justice
of the Court of Common Pleas
on the Laws of England, 1765-1770 Volume I,
we know that the common law is that system of law which was introduced
by the Saxons on their settlement in England, and altered from time to
time by proper legislative authority from that time to the date of Magna
Charta, which terminates the period of the common law, or lex non scripta,
and commences that of the statute law, or Lex Scripta.
|Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826
author of the Declaration of Independence
and third President of the United States of America
to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814
Uses Lex Scripta
As at November 2000, Lex Scripta is averaging
in excess of 1,000 "unique visitors" per week. Surprisingly, more than
half of these are from non-Australian domains, including such places as
Namibia, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, and Macedonia, as well and 13 "unique
visitors" from Brunei Darussalam, and 16 from the Cayman Islands.
The search engines
most commonly used to find Lex Scripta are:
The most frequent
direct referrals to Lex Scripta come from:
as well as the website
of Mr Desmond Lane (a Melbourne barrister) called Connecting
to the Internet, and the website of Mr Alan Davidson (a University
of Queensland academic) called Legal
Research - Navigating the Net.
Direct referrals to
Lex Scripta are also frequently recorded from the intranets (internal
websites) of major National law firms, and of the Queensland Police Service.
Anthony J. H. Morris is a barrister
and Queen's Counsel, practising at the private bar in Brisbane.
He was born in 1960, and educated
at Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane (matriculating in 1977), and
the University of Queensland (graduating as a Bachelor of Laws, with Honours,
During his University
career, he worked part-time as a research assistant to Mr. Ian Callinan
Q.C., now a Justice of the High Court of Australia. He took his final
year at University part-time, whilst working as Associate (personal assistant)
to Justice Tony Fitzgerald, then a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia.
In 1983, he commenced practice at
the private bar. His career highlights have included appearances
in a number of major High Court appeals, and in the last two cases which
went from Queensland to the Privy Council in London. He also continued
his association with the University of Queensland, as a visiting lecturer
in Civil Procedure, and tutor in Equity.
In 1992, he was appointed as a Queen's
Counsel at the age of 32. This reportedly made him the youngest Q.C. in
Australia's legal history, and the youngest Q.C. appointed in any Commonwealth
country this century.
Outside his professional practice,
he has served as a director of Queensland Investment Corporation, the body
responsible for investing over $20 billion of public sector funds; as a member of the Advisory Council of the Queensland Conservatorium
of Music; and as a Councillor of the Canine Control Council (Queensland).
This website - including all
custom graphics used on this website - was created entirely by the Website Editor,
mainly using resources freely available on the Internet. This was done
without any training in HTML coding or other aspects of website design.