Hot Topics is a plain language series about recent changes and current debates in the law. Four issues are published each year, written by legal experts. All issues include case studies and sources of further information. Hot Topics is published by the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), State Library of NSW - find out more at: http://www.legalanswers.sl.nsw.gov.au/hot_topics
Australia is a signatory to the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. This issue looks at who is defined as a 'refugee', their legal status, and Australia's obligations under international law.
Hot Topics Families This issue looks at the different concepts relating to family issues, as well as property and money after separation, child support payments, adoption and courts that deal with family issues.
Hot Topics 83: Consumer law This Hot Topics looks at the new national consumer legislation, the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), which provides new laws relating to product safety, unfair contract terms, national consumer guarantees, door-to-door sales, lay-by agreements and information standards for services as well as products. Read the condensed version online.
Health and the law - Hot Topics series, no 64 Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC) Regulation of healthcare - medicines - medical treatment - hospitals - health professionals - privacy of information - emerging medical technologies - duty of care - informed consent - end of life court decisions - ethical dilemmas relating to healthcare.
Hot Topics 78: You and your lawyer Having a legal problem can be intimidating. This issue will help you to understand the role of lawyers, and the help provided by organisations in the legal services sector. It includes practical information about how to work with a lawyer, lawyers duties, ethics, costs and complaints.