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Question of the Week

How do you find cases that have considered legislation?

A:    You can use a case citator, such as CaseBase (LexisNexisAU), FirstPoint (WestlawAU) or LawCite (AustLII)

B:    You can use LawNow (LexisNexis) by starting from the actual legislation which leads out to cases and commentary.

C:    Informit (AGIS Text Plus) is the best case citator tool, as it comprehensively indexes and abstracts cases from Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. 

D:    A & B of the above only

E:    All of the above


Find the answer here.

Types of Legal Materials

Legislation and Cases are the documents which contain the written records of the law. These are known as Primary Legal materials.

Extrinsic legal materials are documents, defined within a jurisdiction's Interpretation Act, which can be used in court to interpret the meaning and intent of legislation.  These usually consist of Parliamentary debates (Hansard) and Law Reform documents.

Secondary legal materials are those materials which are ABOUT the law.  Secondary materials include:

  • Books, journals and commentaries which discuss the law
  • Reference tools which help find the law (dictionaries, encyclopaedias, guides and directories).

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