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Legal Research Skills

Judicial consideration of words & phrases

The case citators listed here allow you to perform a focused search for cases that have judicially considered a specific word or phrase.

To view a dictionary definition of a word or phrase, refer to Where to start: Legal dictionaries and encyclopaedias.

Key databases for finding words & phrases judicially considered

Subscription databases

CaseBase (Lexis+)

  1. Type a term in the Words and Phrases Judicially Considered box
  2. Click Search


Westlaw AU

  1. Under Content types, click All Cases
  2. Click Advanced next to the main search box
  3. Type a term in the Words & Phrases box
  4. Scroll up and click Search

Westlaw AU words & phrases search

Australian Legal Words & Phrases (Lexis+)

  1. Browse alphabetically by term, or type a term into the search box and click Search
  • Note: results also include terms that have been defined in legislation