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Law (Postgraduates)

Key databases for finding case law

The Library provides access to a range of specialised databases which you can use to find case law. The following will be useful for finding cases on your legal topics:

Latest cases

Daily Unreported Judgments Notifier from LexisNexisAU
Subscribe to this service to be notified about the latest cases in all Australian jurisdictions or the jurisdiction of your choice.

BarNet Jade Digests
Jade provides digests for major Australian court sites using RSS technology. You can keep an eye on the most recently released court decisions from your choice of selected courts in a single place. As you scan through the handy summary, you can click through to the full case, read it online, print it, or JADEmark it for later.

Case citators

A  case citator is a legal research tool which helps you to track the history of a case and the treatment of the case by subsequent courts. Citators allow you to determine if a case is still good law and it acts as noting up tool, allowing you find other cases (and secondary materials) which have cited the original case.

Legal case abbreviations

Use the following tools to find commonly used law report series and court abbreviations.

Authorised Australian law reports

The following is a list of authorised law report series for Australian superior courts. A link has been provided where the reports are available online via SCU databases.

Court

Title of report series

Abbreviation

Federal Court of Australia

Federal Court Reports

FCR

High Court of Australia

Commonwealth Law Reports

CLR

Supreme Court of New South Wales

New South Wales Law Reports

NSWLR

Supreme Court of Queensland

Queensland Reports, 1954+

Queensland Reports, 1859+

QdR

Supreme Court of South Australia

South Australian State Reports

SASR

Supreme Court of Tasmania

Tasmanian Reports

Tas R

Supreme Court of Victoria

Victorian Reports

VR

Supreme Court of Western Australia

Western Australian Reports

WAR

Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory Law Australian Capital Territory Reports ACTLR
Supreme Court of the Northern Territory Northern Territory Law Reports NTLR