Information Types - Law
Authorised law reports
Some law reports series are designated as the authorised series for a particular court.
e.g. the Commonwealth Law Reports is the authorised series for the High Court of Australia.
These series contain judgments that have been approved by the court prior to publication.
Rule 2.3.1 of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation states:
"Where a case appears in an 'authorised' report series, this series should be cited in preference to any other reported version."
|High Court of Australia||CLR||Commonwealth Law Reports|
|Federal Court of Australia||FCR||Federal Court Reports|
|Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court||ACTLR||Australian Capital Territory Law Reports|
|New South Wales Supreme Court||NSWLR||New South Wales Law Reports|
|Northern Territory Supreme Court||NTLR||Northern Territory Law Reports|
|Queensland Supreme Court||Qd R||Queensland Reports|
|South Australia Supreme Court||SASR||South Australian Law Reports|
|Tasmania Supreme Court||Tas R||Tasmanian Reports|
|Victoria Supreme Court||VR||Victorian Reports|
|Western Australia Supreme Court||WAR||Western Australian Reports|
There are a few ways:
- you can refer to the table above
- you can search Find that Case@Flinders for the abbreviation - this indicates whether the report series is authorised, and for which court
- if you have found a case on CaseBase or FirstPoint, the first citation is usually for the authorised series. If the judgment has not been published in a law report series, citations will generally be listed in the order preferred by AGLC Rule 2.3.1