Law students to replace law librarians?

This news blast from down under:

QUEENSLAND magistrates are upset by moves to replace their highly qualified researchers with law students paid just $13.50 an hour.

In the article, written by Matthew Fynes-Clinton in the Courier Mail, the headline brings fears of “getting decisions wrong.”

And, what do folks at the Justice Department think of the law students’ research skills?:

“But these kids they’ll be turning to are students who don’t know anything.”

The ‘architect’ of this plan is the Court Librarian, Aladin Rahemtula. According to the article:

“It is believed Mr Rahemtula wants the Supreme Court library to take over the Justice and Attorney-General (JAG) department library – which currently serves 87 magistrates scattered across the state.

The JAG facility is operated by a small group of professional legal research librarians in the State Law building in George St, Brisbane.

The experienced staffers hold law or other tertiary degrees.

All have postgraduate qualifications in librarianship. . . .

Mr Rahemtula is understood to have told Judge Irwin the Supreme Court library depended on law students, not librarians, for its research.

He said the students were paid $13.50 an hour. But they were “bright” and he vowed to recruit more of them to handle the magistrates’ requests.”

Read the article to learn more. Interesting times.

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About Erika Wayne

Erika V. Wayne is deputy library director and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. Along with George Wilson, Kate Wilko and Paul Lomio, Erika Wayne has co-taught Advanced Legal Research for 3 years. Erika's interest in Open Access dates back to the 1996 when she helped in the development of the Securities Class Action Clearinghouse -- the first court designated internet site for public posting of securities litigation filings. And, she hates to pay for *anything* that should be free. She has a law degree from Penn and a library degree from Illinois.

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