The Law Handbook is a practical guide to the law in Victoria, updated by over 80 legal experts. It provides free, comprehensive information about the laws that affect Victorians in everyday life. The content on this website is accurate as at 30 June 2019. There is more information about The Law Handbook here

Fitzroy Legal Service acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government, particularly the Attorney-General, the Hon. Jill Hennessy MP.

How to use this site

Visit our Contents page to browse the 12 sections and 90 topics in The Law Handbook, or search for what you need. We provide contact information for services that can help and other useful links at the end of each page. Or you can search contacts and resources from across The Law Handbook.


Law Handbook Contributor Profile – Peter Lynch

Peter Lynch is a solicitor who has been practising in Victoria since 1978. He’s specialised in both Criminal Law and […]

Law Handbook Contributor Profile – Brian Wright

Brian Wright is a Victorian Magistrate, appointed in 2004, who specialises in the WorkCover jurisdiction. Brian is a long-serving legal […]

Law Handbook contributor profile – Dr Renata Alexander

Dr Renata Alexander is an experienced barrister and an academic with an impressive list of accomplishments. She is one of […]

More updates

The Law Handbook 2020 is now available in hard copy, eBook and PDF chapters! Order your copy from the Fitzroy Legal Service online store.

For schools, universities and libraries, the ebook can be purchased via Wheelers

Do you know your rights when it comes to Protests? Chapter 11.4 in The Law Handbook 2020 covers community activism.   Watch our short video here

Have you ever experienced bullying or stalking online? In the age of social media it’s important for our laws to adapt to the way we communicate. At FLS, we say no to #cyberbullying. Spread the word and #KnowYourRights.  Watch our short video here