Most of the material in the Library is available for loan to practitioners for 24 hours or for use in court. Extended loans are provided to the Judiciary. Interlibrary loans are also available.
The Library’s Databases:
The Library’s automated legal database information system was established in 1991. There are two main databases. The library utilizes the software package, CDS/ISIS developed for UNESCO by the ILO for use in libraries in the management of information. The databases were first designed using version 3.07 of CDS/ISIS. In 1997 the windows version of CDS/ISIS, commonly called WINISIS was introduced into the Law Library.
Three main databases were consolidated to form the Unit’s WEBOPAC. They are: -
TTCASE Database which is a database of head notes and abstracts of the decisions of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago. The database contains both current and retrospective material and facilitates retrieval of case law through several access points including subject, judge, suit number and parties to the action.
TTLEX Database is a database of Trinidad and Tobago legal material. It indexes such material as reports, speeches, conference papers, research papers and journal articles. In some cases, the material is abstracted.
SCLIS Database: This database is a bibliographic database. The SCLIS Database reflects the Court Libraries holdings. There is also a KIDLIB, which is a database for the Kida section of the collection at the Family Court. This has not been incorporated into the Unit’s WEBOPAC but is available at the Family Court Library.
The Court Library Services Gateway
The Court Library Services Unit has purchased an integrated automated system [MINISIS] which will enable the Unit to offer online public access to the Library’s databases.
The online catalogue incorporates the Library’s databases and is available at http://webopac.ttlawcourts.org
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