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Case Law: Case citators

Why use case citators?

Case Citators will help you determine:‚Äč

  1. The correct citation for a case when you don't have the full citation
  2. If the case has been reported in more than one series of reports
  3. Whether the case has been reported in an authorised law report series
  4. Whether any later cases have considered the case
  5. Which earlier cases were considered by the case
  6. If journal articles have considered the case
  7. If the case has considered legislation.

Case citators will offer links to the full text of the judgment if it is available from the publisher of the citator. They also provide case treatment annotations. Annotations help you understand more about the history of a case and whether it is still considered good law. Definitions of these annotations are available here (compliments of University of Queensland Law Library).


Important Case Citators

CaseBase (Lexis Advance)
Australian reported and unreported judgments 1825+ and some international cases. CaseBase Journal Articles offers references to consideration of cases in journal articles. To link to leading UK cases cited in CaseBase go to Westlaw for Law Reports (Database identifier LAW-RPTS) and Lexis Advance for the All England Law Reports.

FirstPoint (Westlaw AU) 
A database of case digests of reported Australian cases 1825+ and Australian unreported judgments 1999+ with links to the full text decision when available. Australian case references, citations, history, and digest information.

LawCite (AustLII) 
Australian and international cases. LawCite is an automatically generated international legal case and journal article citator. It is being developed at AustLII in collaboration with other members of the Free Access to Law Movement


Useful Fact: Case citators don’t search across the full text of a case. They search the data in the citator record or summary of the case, including citation, party names, jurisdiction, court and judge. 

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