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Source Case Law

You need to know which database to search to find a case.
Otherwise, it's like trying to find Wonder Woman in a Marvel comic.

Sourcing Cases by Citation:

  • Step 1: Solve the abbreviation of the court reporting series into full using Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
  • Step 2: Search for the full name of the court reporting series using Library Search
  • Step 3: Source the court reporting series on the correct database (e.g. Lexis Advance or Westlaw Australia) or Library shelves (e.g. All England Law Reports)

Source Case by Citation

Example: 249 CLR 435, [2013] HCA 1

AustLII

Jade

Lexis Advance

Westlaw Australia

1. Type case citation into the Search box, enclosed in double inverted commas

"2013 HCA 1"

 

Note: It is more efficient to use the medium neutral citation when searching in AustLII

1. Type case citation into the Search box, enclosed in double inverted commas

"249 CLR 435"

1. Type case citation into the Quick Find Search box, enclosed in double inverted commas

"249 CLR 435"

1. Type case citation into the Search box, enclosed in double inverted commas

"249 CLR 435"

PAUSE

DO NOT CLICK SEARCH

WAIT FOR SUGGESTIONS

2. Click on the magnifying glass icon for Search

2. Click on search now

 

 

2. Select the relevant case from the drop-down suggestion/s

 

 

3 Select the relevant case from the Results list:

Google Inc v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2013] HCA 1 (6 February 2013)

3 Select the relevant case from the Results list:

Google Inc v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

[2013] HCA 1 (06 February 2013) (French CJ, Hayne, Heydon, Crennan and Kiefel JJ)

249 CLR 435; 87 ALJR 235; 294 ALR 404; 99 IPR 197

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3. Click on the Other Versions drop-down arrow to access the authorised version

 

Tip: Sign up for Jade Professional using your Murdoch student email address @student.murdoch.edu.au

(it is free)

 

 

 

 

Sourcing Cases by Case/Party Name:

Start your search by case name in Westlaw Australia, as most authorised reports are in Westlaw Australia.
Be sure to open the Cases Advanced Search template, then add the Case Name into the Case Title/Party Name field.

Example: Case name supplied: Roman Catholic Church Trustees v Hadba 
 

Step 1:

Select Cases from the Content types on the Westlaw Australia home page

Step 2:

Select Advanced search

Step 3:

Complete the Case Title/Party Name field; Search

Step 4:

Select relevant result:

Case name in Westlaw Australia:
Trustees of Roman Catholic Church for Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn v Hadba
[2005] HCA 31, 221 CLR 161.

 

More details can be found in the Self Paced Lesson for sourcing a case by the case name.

Source a UK case

vLexJustis is a case citator.
It will give links to where the case can be sourced from the Library's current subscription databases.

Example: Balfour v Balfour [1919] 2 KB 571

1. Access vLexJustis

2. Type case citation into the Search box, enclosed in double inverted commas
"[1919] 2 KB 571"

3. Check that the jurisdiction is United Kingdom

4. Click on the magnifying glass icon for Search

5. Select the relevant case from the Results list:

6. The Citations & Sources panel lists databases for each of the case citations.
Look in the block for the citation [1919] 2 KB 571

7. Select the logo for ICLR to access the case.

Tip:

Click on the Precedent Map tab to see cases that have cited this case.

Learn more in the 

Access the Wardens Court for WA mining law disputes. 

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 encyclopaedia 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

Browne v. Dunn (1893) 6 R 67

 

Balfour v Balfour [1919] 2 KB 571

Step 1:

Access ICLR from Law Subject Guide home page

Step 2:

Access ICLR database from the link in the Library Catalogue record

Step 3:

Add case name (part names) to search box

"Balfour v Balfour"

Step 4:

Select link to

[1919] 2 KB 571

from Results list entry

 

A series of court reports officially approved by the judiciary or government is known as an authorised or official series of reports.

In each jurisdiction only one series is designated as authorised.

Cases which elucidate a general principle or point of law are usually included in the authorised series of reports.

The 'Authorised reports of judgments of the courts of NSW' article explains the selection process for authorised reports in more detail.

 

Australia

Jurisdiction

Series

Citation

Federal Court

Federal Court Reports 1984+

FCR

High Court Commonwealth Law Reports 1903+ CLR

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Administrative Law Decisions 1976+

ALD

Australian Industrial Relations Commission

Industrial Reports (Authorised reports of the AIRC are included from Vol. 154, 2006+)

IR

Industrial Relations Commission

Commonwealth Arbitration Report(s) 1905-1993

CAR

Veterans Review Board Repatriation Pension Decisions 1985+ RPD

Supreme Court of New South Wales

New South Wales Law Reports 1970+

State Reports NSW 1901 – 1970

New South Wales Law Reports 1825 – 1900

NSWLR

SR NSW

NSWLR

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Law Reports 1991+

NTLR

Queensland

Queensland Reports 1958+

State Reports. Queensland 1902-57

QdR

St R Qd

South Australia

South Australian State Reports 1971+

State Reports. South Australia 1921-71

South Australian Law Reports 1865-1920

SASR

SRSA

SALR

Tasmania

Tasmanian Reports 1979+

State Reports Tasmania 1941-1978

Tasmanian Law Reports 1897-1940

Tas R

Tas SR

TLR

Victoria

Victorian Reports 1957+

Victorian Law Reports 1875-1956

VR

VLR

Western Australia

Western Australian Reports 1983+ 

Western Australian Reports 1960-1982 - print only 

Western Australian Law Reports 1898-1959

WAR

WAR

WALR


 

New Zealand

Jurisdiction

Series

Citation

Court of Appeal

High Court

New Zealand Law Reports 1883+

NZLR

England & Wales

The Law Report Series had several title variations between 1866 and 1891.

Since 1891 the following have been established as the current Law Reports Series:

Jurisdiction

Series

Citation

High Court

Chancery Division 1891+

Ch.D or Ch

High Court

Probate, Divorce and Admiralty

P. or P.D.

High Court

Division 1891-1971 Family Division 1972+

Fam

High Court

Queen’s/King’s Bench Division 1891+

QB or KB

House of Lords & Privy Council

Appeal Cases 1891+

A.C.

Government official reports

Reports of Patent, Design & Trade Mark Cases 1884+

RPC

Government official reports Reports of Tax Cases 1875+ TC


 

Northern Ireland

Jurisdiction

Series

Citation

Superior Courts &
Appeals to the House of Lords

Northern Ireland Law Reports 1925 +

NI
or
NILR

Scotland

Jurisdiction

Series

Citation

Court of Appeal

Court of Session &
High Court of Judiciary

Session Cases 1821+

SC

Canada

Jurisdiction

Series

Citation

Supreme Court

Canada Supreme Court Reports 1970+

Canada Law Reports, Supreme Court of Canada 1923-69

Canada Supreme Court Reports 1876-1922

SCR

Exchequer Court

Canada Law Reports, Exchequer Court of Canada 1923-1969

Reports of the Exchequer Court of Canada 1881-1922

Ex.CR

Federal Court

Canada Federal Court Reports 1971

FCR

United States of America

Jurisdiction

Series

Citation

Supreme Court

United States Supreme Court Reports 1790+

USSC.Rep
or
US

Rule 2.2.2 Law Report Series Hierarchy

The authorised version of the report should always be used where available.

The version of a case to be cited should follow the preference order below (from top to bottom):

Version Examples
Authorised report CLR, FCRNSWLR, VR,WAR
Generalist unauthorised report ALR, AJLR, FLR, ACTR
Subject-specific unauthorised report A Crim R, ACSR, IR, IPR
Unreported (medium neutral citation) HCA, FCA, NSWSC, VSC
Unreported (no medium neutral citation) See rule 2.3.2

 

 

Western Australian Reports

Western Australian Reports 1983+ - Westlaw Australia

Western Australian Reports 1959-1982 - print only - Murdoch Law Library

Western Australian Law Reports 1898-1958 - AustLII

There is an ongoing copyright dispute over the WAR 1959-1982, so they are not available online until this is resolved.

 

AustLII

Jade

Lexis Advance

Westlaw Australia

1. Select Advanced Search... from the drop-down arrow

1. Select Advanced Search from the drop-down arrow

Option 1: 

1. Select  Advanced Search - Cases

Option 1: 

1. Select Content Type -  Cases

2. Select Advanced Search 

 

 

2. Select the Boolean Query tab

 

2. Complete the Words and phrases field

2. Complete the Words and Phrases Judicially Considered field

2. Complete the Words and Phrases field

3. Complete the Enter your search field:

(character* OR compris* OR defin* OR describ* OR discuss* OR element* OR expla* OR interpret* OR mean* OR phras*) W/15 SearchWord

3.  Click on Search

 

3.  Click on Search
 

3.  Click on Search
 

4. Scroll down and click in the check-box beside Select the database(s) to search... to clear the checked boxes

4. Results can be filtered by:

* Date

* Search within results

* Collection

 

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4. Results can be filtered by:

> Jurisdiction

> Court

> Legal Topics

 

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4. Results can be filtered by:

+ Jurisdiction

+ Date

+ Practice Area

+ Key Number

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5. Check the box for All Case Law Databases

Tip: Sign up for Jade Professional using your Murdoch student email address @student.murdoch.edu.au (it is free)

 

Option 2: 

1. Select  Advanced Search - Cases

 

Option 2:

1. Select  Cases - Advanced Search

6.  Click on Advanced Search  

2. In the Terms field:

(character! OR compris! OR defin! OR describ! OR discuss! OR element! OR expla! OR interpret! OR mean! OR phras!) /15 SearchWord

 

2.  In the All of these terms field:

(character! OR compris! OR defin! OR describ! OR discuss! OR element! OR expla! OR interpret! OR mean! OR phras!) /15 SearchWord

7. Results can be sorted by:

* Relevance

* Database (recommended)

* Date

* Title

 

3.  Click on Search

 

 

3.  Click on Search

 

Sample search string for definition of slavery:

(character* OR compris* OR defin* OR describ* OR discuss* OR element* OR expla* OR interpret* OR mean* OR phras*) /15  slave*

General search instructions

In each database:

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

 

AustLII

Jade

Lexis Advance

Westlaw Australia

Option 1: LawCite

1. Select LawCite (located at the far right on the red band)

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1. Select Jade Browser tab

Select Legislation Collection

Select By legislature

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Option 1: Quick Find: LawNow

Select the Legislation tab

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Option 1: Global Search:

1. Search by Act title and section number in the global search box

Example:
Legal Profession Act 2008 282

WAIT

 

2. Complete Legislation Considered fields

Tip: Do not include a designation abbreviation - just the number)

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2. Select Western Australian Legislation - Acts (WALegAct)

Navigate to the relevant Act:

Select Le

Select Legal Profession Act 2008

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2. Complete Legislation Title and Provision Number fields

Tip: Do not include a designation abbreviation - just the number

2. From the drop down suggestions, select the linked section title 

Option 2: NoteUp

1. Select the relevant jurisdiction from the black ribbon on the AustLII home page

Example: WA

3. Navigate to relevant section

Select section title

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3. From the Results list, select the hyperlinked section title

 

3. Select Cases from the Citing References tab

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2. Type the Act title and section number (number only) in the search box (located at the top right of screen)

Example: 
Legal Profession Act 2008 282

4. Select relevant citations

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4. Select the View Legislation Citator link (located to the right of the section title)

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Option 2: Global Search:

1. Search by Act title in double inverted commas and section number to be within 10 words of Act title

e.g. 
"Legal Profession Act 2008" /10 282

3. Select the magnifying glass Search icon

Tip: Sign up for Jade Professional using your Murdoch student email address @student.murdoch.edu.au

(it is free)

Option 2: Cases Advanced Search:

1. Select  Advanced Search - Cases

2. Select Cases

Option 1: Select View All Cases

Option 2: Select Cases from the Content types menu

4. Select the hyperlinked Act and Section from the Results list

from the Western Australian Current Acts database

 

2. Complete Legislation Title and Provision Number fields

Tip: Do not include a designation abbreviation - just the number)undefined

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Option 3: Advanced Search

1. Select  Content type - Cases

5. Select NoteUp References from the menu on the right of screen    

2. Select Advanced Search

6. Sort Results By Database to easily identify cases    

3. Complete Legislation Cited (Title) and Legislation Cited (Provision) fields

Tip: Do not include a designation abbreviation
- just the number

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Find more information on : Judicial consideration of legislation

General search instructions

In each database:

  • select Cases Advanced Search
  • search by case name or citation 
  • select Cited by

 

AustLII

Jade

Lexis Advance

Westlaw Australia

Option 1: LawCite:

1. Select LawCite (located at the far right on the red band)

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Option 1: Citator:

1. Select the Citator tab

Option 1: Quick Find:

1. Select Cases

2. Complete Case citation OR 
Case Names field

Example:  [2009] NSWCA 148

1.  Search by case citation in the global search box

Example:  [2009] NSWCA 148

WAIT FOR SUGGESTIONS

2. Complete Case citation OR 
case Party Names fields 

Example:  [2009] NSWCA 148

2. Complete Case citation

Example:  [2009] NSWCA 148

Select the suggested relevant case

2. Select CaseBase link from the relevant case in the Result list

2. Select relevant suggestion

 

3. Navigate to
Cases Referring to this Case

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3. Determine order of Results list

Click on Search

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3. Navigate to Cases referring to this case

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3.  Select Cases from the Citing References tab

Option 2: NoteUp:

1.  Search by case citation in the  search box

Example:  "2009 NSWCA 148"

Tip: AustLII does not like punctuation, so do not include brackets

Option 2: Citation Report:

1. Search for case by citation or party name

Example:  [2009] NSWCA 148

 

Option 2: Advance Search Cases:

1. Select Advanced Search Cases

 

2. Select relevant case in the Result list

 

2. From the CaseTrace panel, click on the Citation report link

2. Complete Case citation OR case name in the References to Cases field

Example:  [2009] NSWCA 148

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3. From the task menu on the right of screen, select the link for NoteUp

NoteUp searches for all materials on AustLII referring to this case.

 

Tip:  Sort results by selecting the Databases tab to easily identify jurisdiction

3. Navigate to Cases citing this decision

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Option 3: CaseBase Graphs

Source the case as in Option 1

Navigate to cases referring to this case.

There are various ways of sorting this list - by date, by parties' names, or by annotation. Annotation refers to the editor's terms for arranging similar application of the precedent. This means all those cases which followed, applied, or distinguished the precedent will be listed together

Cases referring to this case can be filtered using the graph.

Cases can be filtered by Court or Year:

  

 
 
Option 3: Visualisations:

1. Search for case by citation or party name

Example:  [2009] NSWCA 148

 

Cases can be filtered by Treatment.

For example, Cases referring to this case with positive treatment only can be listed.

 
 

2. Select the Visualisations button to expand the Visualisations menu

Select Precedent Tracker

More specific citation allows for the case to be segmented into paragraphs, with the ‘Paragraph’ filter on the graph.
This lists the paragraphs of the primary judgment on the horizontal (x) axis, and the number of subsequent cases citing those paragraphs on the vertical (y) axis.
Each column represents the number of times a paragraph is cited by subsequent cases.
When hovering the mouse over columns of the graph, a pop-up appears, providing information on the paragraph number and the number of citing cases.

 

 


Finding citing cases and tracking precedent on Lexis Advance

i.e. cited, considered, followed, applied, disapproved, etc.

  • Find the case
  • Look at the cases referring to this case. There are various ways of sorting this list - by date, by parties' names, or by annotation. Annotation refers to the editor's terms for arranging similar application of the precedent. This means all those cases which followed, applied, or distinguished the precedent will be listed together

Cases referring to this case can be filtered using the graph.

Cases can be filtered by Court or Year:

  

Cases can be filtered by Treatment.

For example, Cases referring to this case with positive treatment only can be listed.

More specific citation allows for the case to be segmented into paragraphs, with the ‘Paragraph’ filter on the graph.
This lists the paragraphs of the primary judgment on the horizontal (x) axis, and the number of subsequent cases citing those paragraphs on the vertical (y) axis.
Each column represents the number of times a paragraph is cited by subsequent cases.
When hovering the mouse over columns of the graph, a pop-up appears, providing information on the paragraph number and the number of citing cases.

 

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

 
CCH IntelliConnect:

Self Paced Lesson with more detail : Judicial consideration of cases

General search instructions

In each database:

  • select Journals Advanced Search
  • search by case name or citation 
  • select Journals referring to this case

 

AustLII

Lexis Advance

Westlaw Australia

Option 1: LawCite:

1. Select LawCite (located at the far right on the red band)

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Option 1: Quick Find:

1. Select Cases

2. Complete Case citation OR 
Case Names field

1. Select Content Type -  Secondary Sources

2. Select Advanced Search 

 

2. Complete Case citation OR 
case Party Names fields 

2. Select CaseBase link

2. Complete Citation field 

Example:
2009 NSWCA 148

3. Navigate to
Law Journal Articles Referring to this Case

3. Navigate to Publications referring to this case

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3. Filter Results by Publication Type - Law Reviews & Journals

 

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Option 2: Database Search:

1. Select Journals & Scholarship from the red ribbon

Option 2: Advance Search Secondary Materials

1. Select Advanced Search Cases

 

2. Add the citation within double inverted commas to the search box (located in the top right corner)

Example:
"2009 NSWCA 148"

2. Complete Case citation OR case name in the References to Cases field

 
3. Click on the magnifying icon to Search    

4. Results can be sorted:
     By Relevance
     By Citation Frequency
     By Database
     By Date
     By Title

   

 

Search for articles on :

Use the central search boxes on the home screens to add party names

Example:                    Informit: "Callow Rupchev"

                 CCH IntelliConnect: "Callow Rupchev"

Court Annotations

The following is list of annotations used by the court in the subsequent appeal proceedings or in the subsequent case where the primary case has been judicially considered.

  • Applied A principle of law articulated in the primary case is applied to a new set of facts by the court in the subsequent case.
  • Approved The court in the subsequent case has approved the way the court in the primary case, being a court of inferior jurisdiction, has articulated a principle of law.
  • Cited The primary case is merely cited by the court in the subsequent case, without comment.
  • Considered The legal principles articulated in the primary case are considered or discussed without adverse reflection in the subsequent case.
  • Disapproved The decision in the primary case is criticised by the court in the subsequent case.
  • Distinguished The court in the subsequent case holds that the legal principles articulated by the primary case (usually otherwise persuasive or binding authority) do not apply because of some essential difference between the two cases in fact or law.
  • Explained The decision reached in the primary case is justified by the court in the subsequent case, drawing attention to some feature of the primary case that may not be immediately obvious on its face.
  • Followed This annotation is similar to ‘applied’, but is used in circumstances where the facts in the primary case resemble reasonably closely the facts in the subsequent consideration case.
  • Not followed The court in the subsequent case has declined to apply the principles of law articulated in the primary case.
  • Overruled The legal principles articulated in the primary case are held to be incorrect by the court in the subsequent case, which is a court of superior or equivalent jurisdiction.
  • Questioned The court in the subsequent case has expressed doubt about the decision in the primary case, but does not actually determine that the principles of law in the primary case are incorrect.

The Appeal proceedings section of the CaseBase entry has the following annotations used by the courts:

  • Affirmed The decision in the primary case is upheld on appeal.
  • Reversed The decision in the primary case is overturned on appeal.
  • See The decision in the subsequent case relates in some way to the primary case, but the court in the subsequent case is not assessing the merits of the related primary decision.
  • Varied The decision in the primary case is only partly reversed or partly affirmed by the subsequent case. It is particularly used in circumstances where the court in the subsequent case has altered the quantum of damages awarded or the sentence imposed in the primary case.
  • Related The decision in the subsequent case relates in some way to the primary case, but the court in the primary case is not assessing the merits of the earlier related decision.
  • Special Leave Granted Special leave to appeal the decision in the primary case to the High Court or Privy Council has been granted. There is, therefore, an opportunity for the case itself to be overturned.
  • Special Leave Refused Special leave to appeal the decision in the primary case to the High Court or Privy Council has been refused. Therefore, the case is considered good law.

What do the colours mean?

The colours merely highlight and draw attention to the particular types of treatment.
They do not change or add to the meaning of the annotation.

  • Positive treatments are coloured green. e.g. followed, applied, approved or affirmed
  • Treatments indicating caution required are coloured amber. This can be everything from a distinguishing or explaining treatment (indicating that the law is still good but does not apply in the circumstances), to a varying treatment to a questioning (sometimes called a 'doubting') treatment.
  • Negative treatments are coloured red. e.g. disapproved, not followed, overruled or reversed
  • Neutral treatments are coloured black. e.g. considered or cited

Source: LexisNexisAU Help

Has the Case Been Appealed?

Federal Court Cases - Check the Progress of a Case/ Find Future Listings

High Court Cases - Special Leave Applications Results (select link from menu on left of screen)

Supreme Court of Western Australia - Court Lists

Supreme Court of Victoria - Judicial Review and Appeals List

 

Jade

Lexis Advance

Westlaw Australia

1. Log in to Jade*  to access the Jade Professional features 

* Registration is free for current Murdoch Students

2. Add the case citation or party names to the search box

3. Select the suggested  - document in Jade option

4. Click  search now

Option 1: Similar Issues Panel

1. Select the CaseBase entry for a case

2. Browse the Similar Issues panel, to the right on the screen

Cases with similar facts, issues or arguments are included in the list.

1. Type case citation into the global Search box, enclosed in double inverted commas

Example: "2009 NSWCA 148"

PAUSE

DO NOT CLICK SEARCH

WAIT FOR SUGGESTIONS

 

 

 

 

5. To the left on the screen, click on the Visualisations icon

  • Visualisation tools represent information graphically

6. Select the Similarity box

 

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2. Select the relevant case from the drop-down suggestion/s

Option 2: Similar  catchwords

1. Select the CaseBase entry for a case

2. Browse the Catchwords

3. Copy the relevant Catchwords string

4. Select Advanced Search Cases

 

5. Paste the Catchwords into the  Catchwords/Summary field on the search screen

From the Document tab, navigate down to the Digest pane.

Select: 

Option 1:

Key Number classification term to see other cases on this topic

 

Option 2:

Detailed Key Number (on right of screen) to see other cases on this specific point within the topic

 

 

Affidavit Templates and Guidance


Templates

Access Lexis Advance

Add search term: affidavit

Select the Forms and Precedents tab.

Results can be Narrowed by
        > Content Type
        > Jurisdiction
        > Publication
        > Legal Topics

Narrow Results by Jurisdiction 

Search within Results : costs


Guidance

Guidance includes checklists and advice for drafting an affidavit

Access Lexis Advance

Add search string: affidavit /25 draft!

Select the Guidance tab

 

 

See more information on Forms and Precedents

Lexis Advance

LexisNexis :

Practical Guidance

Westlaw Australia

Step 1:

Access Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms & Precedents

Step 1:

Add search term to Search box

Select magnifying icon to Search

Step 1:

Select Content Type Forms & Precedents

Step 2:

Option 1:

Browse the contents, expanding relevant headings to view more specific 

Example:

☐  Clubs and Societies — 105

    + Commentary to Clubs and Societies

    + Precedents to Clubs and Societies

        - Forms to Clubs and Societies

            - Western Australia

                105.345 Application for incorporation of association — Form 1 — Department of Commerce (WA)

Step 2:

Narrow search results

From the Filter menu  (on the left of screen)

Select AU Forms & Precedents

 

Tip: Select AU Guidance if you need instructions for drafting a form

Step 2:

Option 1:

Browse the Forms & Precedents Finder

  • By Practice Area
  • By Publication

Select relevant headings to view available forms and precedents

Example:

Banking & Financial Services

ACP Finance and Securities Precedents

NSW precedents - Charge

Step 2:

Option 2:

Select Advanced Search

Add search terms

Step 3:

Narrow Results

or Search within results

Step 2:

Option 2:

Search Forms & Precedents Finder

- use the search box at the top of the screen

 

International Case Law

Judicial

BAILII - British, Irish, EU case law, legislation and law commission reports

CommonLII - Case law from 60 Commonwealth and common law jurisdictions

Courts of New Zealand - Judgments

HeinOnline - English Reports (1220-1867) + US material

ICLR - Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales, full text authorised case law database (best source for UK and EU cases)

Judicial Decisions Online (New Zealand)

LawCite - a free, automatically generated Australian and international legal case and journal article citator

New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII)

Oxford Reports on International Law - full text of public international law decisions

vLexJustis - Citation and abstract of UK, Irish, EU, Singaporean and other international case law, full text of UK, Irish, EU, and other international case law (judicially considered legislation)

Westlaw China - Chinese legal information including Case Headnotes in English, full text in Mandarin

Westlaw Classic - full text of international legal resources, includes UK, Canada, US and EU Case Law

Westlaw UK - UK and EU case law

WorldLII- global international law, broad coverage.

 

Subject

American Maritime Cases - Maritime decisions rendered by US (Federal and State courts), legislative action, administrative law and arbitration decisions and Maritime Law Association of the U.S. source material.

i-law.com - Maritime and related commercial information, includes Lloyd's Law Reports

Investment Claims - Arbitral cases, international law.

Kluwer Arbitration - decisions and awards on UNCITRAL Model Law, Arbitration

Example UK case:

A.G. Securities v Vaughan [1988] 3 All ER 1058

The Library may not have a subscription to the full text of a case in the case reporting service cited.

Utilise the parallel citations to source another version of the case (but be sue to check that you have the correct case).

ICLR

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1. Type in the party names (no citation)

1. Type in the party names (no citation)

2. Select a hyperlinked citation

Check that the list of parallel citations includes the citation given.

2. Select a hyperlinked citation

Check that the list of parallel citations includes the citation given.

What is a Law Report? will assist when reading a case.

3. In this instance, the judgment is available on vLexJustis.
If the full text was not on vLexJustis, then select the Citations & Sources tab to reveal the icons of the databases that hold the full text of the case

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