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Authorised law reports

What are authorised law report?
Why should I use authorised law report series?
Which law report series are authorised?
How can I tell if a citation if for an authorised law report series?

 

What are 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.

 

Why should I use authorised law report series?

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."

 

Which law report series are authorised?

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

 

How can I tell if a citation is for an authorised law report series?

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