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Legal research guide: Torts: Overview

Locate resources, including case law, legislation, journal articles and commentary relevant to the study of the law of tort.

Don't Be Negligent - Find Out About Torts

What is Torts Law?

"A civil wrong distinguished from the law of contract, the law of restitution, and the criminal law. A tort is a breach of a duty, potentially owed to the whole world, imposed by law ... Torts serve to protect a person's interest in his or her bodily security, tangible property, financial resources, or reputation. Interference with one of these interests is redressable by an action for compensation, usually in the form of unliquidated damages. The law of torts aims to restore the injured person to the position he or she was in before the tort was committed ...".

Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary (Lexis Advance)

CCH iKnowConnect - Torts related resources

CCH iKnowConnect offers various Torts related resources. You can find them listed in the Your practice areas section (you will need to hover over the little suitcase to reveal the menu list - scroll down until you find the Torts related content).

You will find Torts areas with respect to Defamation, Medical negligence and health, Motor accidents, Property torts, Public liability, Workers compensation and Workplace, health and safety law. Each of these areas includes the following sections: What's new, Commentary, Legislation, Cases (Australian Torts Reports or Australian Medical Liability Cases), Regulatory resources and Practical tools (for instance case finders, checklists and glossary and abbreviations etc).   

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