Proctor : March 2019
29 PROCTOR | March 2019 Your library in numbers with Supreme Court Librarian David Bratchford Since our story began in 1862, we have prided ourselves on being Queensland’s leading legal information service. We continue to add to our collections, and more and more legal practitioners are using our online services such as Virtual Legal Library (sclqld.org.au/vll). Free legal research assistance As part of your library membership, QLS members can receive up to 30 minutes of free research assistance and up to 10 free documents a day. The research assistance we provided to QLS members in 2018 is illustrated on page six of this edition of Proctor. CaseLaw As the official publisher of the unreported decisions of 14 Queensland courts and tribunals, we play a vital role in enabling access to justice by making these judgments freely and publicly available on the library website. You can rely on us for prompt access to new decisions, as we publish most judgments within an hour of receiving them from the courts. Our collections Our physical and online collections continue to grow. We currently hold about 90,000 distinct titles, including more than 8000 rare books. The oldest book in our collection, Cum Privilegio Regali, by John Britton, was published almost 500 years ago when Henry VIII was King of England. The collection contains works by nearly 44,000 distinct authors, the top three contributors being former Chief Justice and current Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey AC (785 works), former Chief Justice and Premier Sir Samuel Griffith QC (359 works) and former District Court Judge Alan McCracken (290 works). Educating the community We help improve the community’s understanding of the courts and our legal system through our education program and exhibitions. Each year thousands of high-school students visit the courts and participate in our education program. In 2018, 5689 students from 288 schools took part in the library’s education program – an increase of 11% on the previous year. The library has 6050 metres of shelf space – vertically, this would be higher than seven Ulurus.” In 2018, 2413 judgments were published on our website.” Your library The oldest book in our collection, Cum Privilegio Regali, by John Britton, was published almost 500 years ago when Henry VIII was King of England.