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Help for First Time Visitors
The essential information for first time visitors to CommonLII, offered in the hope that it will save hours of frustrating and fruitless searching.
Information on how to search CommonLII for materials, including basic and advanced search techniques and tips. Help is given for both beginner and advanced users on using CommonLII's SINO search engine.
Displaying Search Results Help
Information on how to use the CommonLII search results interface to refine how your search results are displayed.
Case Law Help
Help on how to navigate and use case law (court judgments), such as help on printing, searching and downloading.
Help on how to navigate and use legislation, such as help on printing, searching and downloading acts and regulations.
Secondary Materials Help
Help on how to navigate and use secondary materials, such as help on printing, locating organisation home pages and searching sites.
Help on viewing an entire act or set of regulations as well as cases, and downloading files for printing.
SINO Full Documentation
Full documentation for the SINO search engine used by CommonLII, including supported search language emulations, full boolean syntax and support for regular expressions.
SINO Search Operators
An explanation of the search operators (including boolean) which are supported by the SINO search engine.
SINO Common Words
A "common word" is a word that is so common that it is not indexed at all (eg "the", "and", "he", "she") and therefore cannot be searched for. This is the list of common words used by CommonLII.