I received a flyer last week from BIALL (British and Irish Association of Law Librarians) announcing a course on “Parliamentary Debates on Legislation: how to do ‘Pepper v. Hart’ research.
The session will be taught by Guy Holborn, of Lincoln Inn’s Library, and the flyer indicates it will cover the following three topics:
• Background on statutory interpretation, the rule in Pepper v Hart (1993 HL) that allows citation of Hansard in court, and developments since it was decided in 1992.
• Parliamentary procedure, including recent developments affecting Pepper v Hart research.
• Bills, Hansard and other parliamentary materials: how to find them and use them
• Debates on private bills and on statutory instruments
I’ve been doing some preliminary research in Canada on this, and although we don’t strictly follow the limited rule in Pepper v. Hart, we do allow legislative matterial (hansard, committe reports, etc.) , the legal research text (including mine) don’t mention this nor does it seem that students are really instructed how to do this.
The only website I have seen that aids this kind of research is LEGISINFO from the Library of Parliament.
I’m pretty sure I’m on the right track on this, but I would like to hear some other ideas on this.