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Sourcing Case Law

You need to know which database to search to find a case.

Otherwise, it's like trying to find Thor in a DC comic (with the exception of the crossover series).

Option 1:

Search by citation in a Citator service:

Option 2:

  • Step 1:  Determine the full name of the reporting service using Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
  • Step 2: Determine which database to search for the case - copy and paste the full name of the reporting service from Cardiff into Findit
  • Step 3: Click on the Full Text Online link in the Results List
  • Step 4: Search the relevant legal database by citation or party name
     

You can search for case law by:

  • case citation
  • party name
  • topic
  • cases that judicially consider other cases or specific legislation

Note that most Law Databases are not searchable through FindIt.

You will need to search within the law databases to find case law (and journal articles) as FindIt will not pick up these materials.

View these step-by-step instructions for sourcing cases using specific databases:

AustLII:
CCH IntelliConnect:
Jade:
Lexis Advance Pacific:
WestlawAU:
JustCite (for UK cases):

Find information on: Case Law Lesson

Famous cases

For famous cases, such as the AAP Case, Engineers Case, Mabo Case, Seas & Submerged Lands Case and the Woollen Underwear Case, start by search legal encyclopaedias and case citators (they are often referred to by their common names):

Cases often asked for:

Associated Minerals Pty Ltd v NSW Rutile Mining Company Pty Ltd [1962] ALR 236; (1961) 35 ALJR 296
A citation often supplied for this case is (1961) 35 ALJR 256

  • The citation is incorrect
  • Volume and ALJR are correct, but the page number is incorrect
  • Search for the case on JADE to find it referred to in another case - this time with the correct page number

Atkins v Egypt Holdings Pty Ltd (unreported, SCWA, 10 July 1987)

  • Lexis Advance  >  Cases Search Template  >  Case Name:  Atkins AND Egypt Holdings  +  Jurisdiction: Western Australia

Crocker Consolidated v Willie [1988] WAR 187

  • Westlaw AU  >  Cases Search Template  >  Citation:  [1988] WAR 187

 

 

General search instructions:

  • select Cases search template
  • search by case name or citation 
  • select Cited by

View these step-by-step instructions for sourcing cases citing cases (judicial consideration) using specific databases:

AustLII:
CCH IntelliConnect:
Jade:
LawCite:
Lexis Advance:

WestlawAU:

Find more information on : Judicial consideration of cases

General search instructions:

  • select Cases search template
  • select relevant jurisdiction
  • complete the Legislation name and provision text boxes
  • select relevant Court, if required 

View these step-by-step instructions for sourcing cases on Acts using specific databases:

AustLII:
CCH IntelliConnect:
Jade:
LawCite:
Lexis Advance:

WestlawAU:

Find more information on : Judicial consideration of legislation

How do you find articles about a court case (e.g. Google Inc v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) (2013) 249 CLR 435)?

CCH IntelliConnect:
Search all content:
“Google Inc v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission” OR “Google v ACCC”
Filter Results List by Document Type:  CCH Commentary or News

Informit:
Search string:
“Google Inc v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission” OR “Google v ACCC”

Lexis Advance:
Method 1:
Select Advance Search drop down icon  >  Cases
Citation:  249 CLR 435
Select Google Inc v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) > CaseBase
Select Publications referring to this case

Method 2:
Select Advance Search drop down icon  > Analytical materials 
Terms Search String: 
"249 CLR 435" OR “[2013] HCA 1” OR “294 ALR 404” OR “Google Inc v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission” OR “Google v ACCC”
Narrow by:  Publication  >  CaseBase Journal Articles

Westlaw AU:
Method 1:
Select Journals Search Template
Cases Cited (Citation): 249 CLR 435

Method 2:
Select Journals Search Template
Free text:
"249 CLR 435" OR “[2013] HCA 1” OR “294 ALR 404” OR “Google Inc v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission” OR “Google v ACCC”

AustLII:
Method 1:
Select Law Journals Library
Search Terms: 
“Google Inc v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission” OR “Google v ACCC”

Method 2:
Search for case “249 CLR 435
Select Noteup

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