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Law - Legal research guide: Legislation: 7. Legislation judicially considered

Find out about acts, delegated legislation, bills, parliamentary documents and extrinsic materials for Australian jurisdictions

Legislation judicially considered

Use Casebase and FirstPoint case citators to find Australian cases that consider a particular statute or provision in a statute

For example: To find Australian cases that have considered the Criminal Code Act Compilation Act 1913 (WA) s. 27


  1. Enter search words into the Act/Regulation box (Legislation judicially considered).
  2. Because citation abbreviations are not standardised, don't use "s" or "ss" or "section" as part of the search. Your search would be more reliable as:

criminal code w/p 27 w/p wa

w/p = "within the same paragraph" - available in LexisNexis AU and more specific than "and"




  1. Enter search words into the Legislation Cited (Title) box. You can use double quotation marks for phrase searching.
  2. Enter the section in the Legislation Cited (Provision) box.
  3. Select the Jurisdiction.





LawNow Legislation (LexisNexis AU) Links to cases and commentary

LawNow Legislation in LexisNexis AU offers links to information in Casebase and Halsbury's Laws of Australia. You can link directly from a legislative provision to cases considering that provision.

NOTE: Please keep in mind the relative age of the case in relation to the legislative provision. The current provision may have been amended since it was considered by the case/s.

Video tutorialFinding cases that consider a section of an act (2:57)

To locate references you can use the LexisNexis Express Search icon in LawNow for whole acts or specific provisions.

  1. Browse to or Search for the Australian act you wish to research
  2. Open the List of Provisions
  3. Browse to the provision of interest
  4. Click on the Express Search icon to display cases citing this provision as well as relevant commentary

lawnow express search

See the LawNow Legislation Guide for more information.