Legal encyclopedias are a good starting point to finding primary resources on particular legal topics or practice areas, including key legal principles, historical backgrounds and references to cases and legislation - they may also provide references to other relevant writings for further research.
Legal commentaries offer more specific referencing and scholarly discussion on specific legislation or cases to do with Criminal Law.
Case law and legislation are the meat of the legal system. Legislation and Acts of parliament are the laws of the land, and the case law rulings of the judiciary establish common law legal precedence for future rulings. It is thus imperative that students familiarize themselves and heavily reference the legislation and case law for their practice area.
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