IMPORTANT! Always cite from an authorised report if this version is available
Before citing an unreported judgment in your assignment, always check to see if it has been reported in a law report series.
Consult a case citator, CaseBase in Lexis Advance and KeyCite in Westlaw AU (Subscription databases), or LawCite (free citator), to see if a reported version is available. If an authorised reported version is available prefer that version as it represents highest authority . If the decision is not reported, use the online unreported judgment if it is available and cite using medium neutral citation style.
Order of authority (highest to lowest)
See below for more information about authorised law reports.
Although all reported cases are edited by legally qualified people, those reports associated with the superior courts and checked by a judge before publication are considered to be "authorised". Headnotes authored by experienced practitioners and approved by the Courts allow practitioners to quickly assess the relevance of a case.
When you have multiple citations for a case always prefer that of the reported, authorised version as it is considered to be the most "authoritative".
In Australia - Judges approve the reports before publication.
In the UK - Reports are edited by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales (see below).
See also Part VI of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation 3rd ed for Appendix: Law Report Abbreviations. All authorised report series are designated with an asterisk.
Australian Authorised Reports
|Court||Report Series||Abbreviation||UWA holdings|
|High Court of Australia||Commonwealth Law Reports||CLR||
Print: v.1 1903-present
Online: Westlaw AU 1903-present
|Federal Court of Australia||Federal Court Reports||FCR||
Print: v.1 1984-present
Online: Westlaw AU 1984-present
|Administrative Appeals Tribunal||Administrative Law Decisions||ALD||
Print: v.1 1978-present
Online: Lexis Advance 1978-present
Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court
|Australian Capital Territory Reports||ACTR||
Print: Included as part of the Australian Law Reports v.1 1973-present
Online: Lexis Advance 1973-present
|Supreme Court of New South Wales||New South Wales Law Reports||NSWLR||
Print: v.1 1901-present
Online: Lexis Advance 1971-present
|Supreme Court of the Northern Territory||Northern Territory Law Reports||NTLR||
Print: v. 1-19 ; 1991-2007
Online: Westlaw AU 1991-present
Included as part of the Australian Law Reports v.1 1979-v.79 1991
|Supreme Court of Queensland||Queensland Reports||Qd R||
Online: Lexis Advance 1974-present
|Supreme Court of South Australia||South Australian State Reports||SASR||
Print: v.1 1911-present
|Supreme Court of Tasmania||Tasmanian Reports||Tas R||
Print: v.1 1941-1953; 1979-present
Online: Westlaw AU 1979-present
|Supreme Court of Victoria||Victorian Reports||VR||
Online: Lexis Advance 1979 - present
|Supreme Court of Western Australia||Western Australian Reports||WAR||
*Published as the Western Australian Law Reports, 1899-1959
Online: AustLII 1898 - 1958
Online: Westlaw AU 1983-present
To check if your case has been reported in an authorised law report series go to Case citators.