IN A MOVE that will give Victorian lawyers easier access to an important professional tool, Attorney-General Rob Hulls has relaunched the Lawyers’Practice Manual (LPM) as an online publication.
Presented by Hulls as part of Law Week at Monash University’s City Law Chambers, he said the online version of the Victorian lawyers’ ‘bible’ is a user-friendly tool that will provide legal practitioners, new lawyers and students interested in the law with a quick and easy guide on how to deal with legal issues.
The original print version has been produced by the Springvale Monash Legal Service (SMLS) for almost 20 years.
It includes 55 chapters on 17 areas of legal practice, providing advice on issues such as human rights law, motor vehicle property damage claims in the Magistrates Court, consumer law, credit disputes, anti-discrimination and matters arising after a conviction.
Most law firms in Victoria have a copy of the manual, and it is the only legal manual of its type produced in the state, according to Monash University.
Monash law professor Adrian Evans congratulated SMLS and the other editors for their tireless efforts in converting the two-volume publication into an online publication.
“The LPM has for years represented the practical scholarship of the Law School. After a lot of pro bono work by law school staff, this is the first of the Australian LPMs to go online,” Evans said.
The LPM is edited by Monash Law School staff including professor Sue Campbell and senior lecturers Andrew Crockett and Ross Hyams.
Monash was very proud of the impact the manual had had over the years, Evans said, and was “particularly delighted” to see this version being released.
The online manual has links to legislative, government, and courts and tribunals websites, and gives access to downloadable legal forms.