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The following topics will not be examined as part of the Library Research Assessment for BJU100 Australian Legal Systems, but will still be useful to legal researchers in the course of your studies:

 

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Other resources

- AGLC3: Guide to Legal Citation

- Legal Research Competencies

- Free legal resources

 

Introduction

Case Law Tutorial

Welcome to the Case Law tutorial. After reading through the materials contained here, you will understand how to find cases and how to complete case citations. You will also know whether a case has been judicially considered and its current status.

Most topics have self-test questions attached. These will provide an opportunity to check your understanding of the materials presented. These questions appear where you see the judge.

Case Law

This tutorial introduces you to case law materials, research resources and processes. You will work through a research methodology which models "real world" legal research processes.

You will:

  • Learn about case citation
  • Learn how to find cases
  • Learn how to find out how courts have applied or interpreted the case
  • Learn how to find articles about cases

Summary of the research process

The following "research pathway" will take you through the process of finding out about case law.

Reading about the area of law including commentary that puts the case in context, using tools such as;encyclopaedias, text books, journal articles.

  • Finding commentary about the general topic you are looking at by consulting books and encyclopaedias. Within the commentary you will find references to relevant primary materials (cases and legislation) in the text and in the footnotes.
  • Use dictionaries to clarify the legal meaning of unfamiliar words or familiar words used in an unusual manner.
  • Examining judicial consideration of cases, using case citators such as FirstPoint and CaseBase

Examining the status of the decision. 

  • Is the precedent in the decision still good law? When you have found and read a relevant case you will need to establish its current standing.
  • How has the decision been applied in more recent decisions? New developments in case law can occur when ever a case is decided (the decision is "handed down"). This means when you have found and read relevant cases you need to find out how the decision has been applied in more recent decisions.
  • Other terminology used in relation to this task: "noting up cases", "status" or "standing".

Finally you may wish to read more journal articles discussing the particular point of law, case or legislation.


 

     Tutorial Instructions

Read the text for each task, and follow the instructions given.

Complete the multiple choice self-test  for each topic to test your understanding and competency. These questions will help LLB504, LAW402, BJU100 and LEG150 students prepare for the assessable library research exercise to be completed at the end of this tutorial.

 

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