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Overviews of the Legal System & Legal Encyclopedia
Beginner's Guide for Law Students (2010) by
Discusses: sources of South African law; legal research; courts and alternative dispute resolultion; the legal profession; the Constitution; evidence; civil procedure; criminal law and procedure; human rights; HIV/AIDS and the law; and language and the law. BLS Library has ordered this book.
Introduction to the Law of South Africa (2004) by
Call Number: KTL68 .I58 2004 (Location: 1 Res)
In section IV (pp. 36-53) of the introductory chapter, Francois du Bois describes key sources of law.
TIP: Also review "Update: Researching South African Law" (Mar. 2010) and consult sources under tab: "Custom" in this web guide.
The Law of South Africa (2d ed. 2003-) ("LAWSA") by
LAWSA provides overviews of many South African legal topics. Use the Consolidated Index to find relevant entries. LAWSA's Cumulative Table of Cases includes cites to cases in reporters. LAWSA's Annual Cumulative Supplement highlights repealed legislation.
TIP: LexisNexis Butterworths began publishing the 2d ed. of LAWSA in 2003. Many LAWSA vols. are now 2d ed. vols. The Consolidated Index covers both 2d ed. vols. and vols. from the older ed. that the publisher has not yet replaced.
LAWSA is available online through LexisNexis South Africa ($). In New York, Columbia Law School's Diamond Law Library owns LAWSA in print.