Sometimes you need to search full text databases of court decisions to find cases on the topic.
This is particularly important for WA decisions which might not get "noticed" by publishers who produce indexes such as the Digest and CaseBase.
There are many online collections of Australian superior court unreported judgments.
This topic will take you through the task of searching WA unreported judgments from the Supreme Court of WA.
Some of these decisions will be, or have been, selected for publication in one of the many subject based report series such as Australian Criminal Reports (ACrim R), Intellectual Property Reports (IPR), Industrial Reports (IR) etc., or in the series authorised by this court - the Western Australian Reports (WAR).
Most WA decisions are never published in a report series, and remain forever "unreported".
However for WA lawyers they are vital.
Unreported judgments can be found in:
It is important to understand that when you search an index you are accessing the summary and analysis of expert editors.
When you search across full text documents you are accessing every word of the document and, unless you search carefully AND check carefully, you may have irrelevant material in your results.
Repeat the search, adding a synonym for journalist
Note the increase in the number of Results by including the synonym
If you are seeking cases from a specific court, add this court to the Advanced Search
Navigate down to the Court box; add "District Court"
Do not add Western Australia, as the District Court can be referred to as
Step 1: Go to AustLII by entering http://austlii.edu.au into your browser toolbar.
Step 2: Click the arrow to the left of the "search" box, and then select "Advanced Search" from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Go to the "Select the database(s) to search" box. Deselect all databases by clicking on the blue tick box next to "Select the database(s) to search...". Then click on the white box next to "Show all" to see a list of all available databases on AustLII.
Step 4: Select "Boolean Query" from the banner at the top of the search page.
Use the Visualisations tool to see similar cases
Look at the unreported judgments databases on the Supreme Court of Western Australia website, AustLII, Lexis Advance and the indexes FirstPoint and CaseBase to find WA decisions dealing with issues related to "public interest" and the role of the media or journalists in reporting information.
Find the right catchwords for the citation details below.