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Find online cases, authorised law reports, and case databases.

 

Cases are a primary source for legal research. They are also referred to as court decisions, judicial decisions, judgments or the common law. Like statute law, case law provides authority in support of particular legal propositions.

As a primary source of our law, identifying, reading and understanding legal cases is integral to legal research.

Take a look at the important elements of a case published in a law report.

Finding cases

Researching cases

If you have a citation, party name, legal principle or topic of law, or other information about a case or cases, use the  Researching cases tab to access a case database.

Law reports

Cases are selected for reporting if they have considered legal principles and made a contribution to the common law. Not all cases are reported.  If you have a citation or know the law report series, use the Online law reports tab to link directly to the online law report you need. Or look at the Print law reports tab to see if its available in the Law Library.

Authorised law reports

The Library has many law reports available in print and online, some of which are authorised. Find out which reports are authorised using the Authorised law reports tab. 

Unreported judgments

If you want to check for recent judgments that may not be reported yet (unreported), use either the Researching cases tab or the Courts and Tribunals tab.

Quick links

Quick links

Check our Legal Abbreviations guide to find the meaning of a court or law report abbreviation.

Check our Citing and Referencing page to find out how to cite cases according to the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

Look at our Writing Case Notes tab to guide your assignment writing.