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Case citators / digests

What are case citators?
Why should I use case citators?
Which case citator should I use? CaseBase or FirstPoint?

 

What are case citators?

Case citators are a searchable index of cases.

They provide information about each case, including:

  • party names, including any popular case name used
  • citation details of where the case has been published
  • details about the court, judge(s), and judgment date
  • a brief summary of the facts and decision
  • details about how the case has been treated by later cases
  • legislation and earlier cases referred to in the judgment
  • details of case notes or other publications about the judgment

 

Why should I use case citators?

You can use case citators to:

  • find full citation details of a case, where you only have
    • the party names, or
    • a popular case name, or
    • a few facts about the case
  • search for cases on a legal issue or principle
  • update or note-up cases - i.e. find how a case has been treated by later cases, to see whether it is still 'good law'
  • search for cases that have considered legislation
  • search for cases that have interpreted or defined a word or phrase
  • find case notes or summaries - these can be very useful to help understand what a case is about and its implications

 

Which case citator should I use? CaseBase or FirstPoint?

CaseBase and FirstPoint both index information about Australian cases - however, they differ in a number of ways:

  • CaseBase indexes more cases than FirstPoint
  • CaseBase indexes a select number of judgments from the United Kingdom that have been considered by Australian judgments. FirstPoint does not
  • FirstPoint has a subject index that allows you to browse for cases on a general topic. CaseBase only has a beta version which is still under development
  • Casebase includes a quick link to an unreported version of many judgments. FirstPoint does not

 

What is CaseBase?

 

Why should I use CaseBase?

 

When should I not use CaseBase?
 

 

What is FirstPoint?

 

Why should I use FirstPoint?

 

When should I not use FirstPoint?

 

 

What is LawCite?

 

Why should I use LawCite?

 

When should I not use LawCite?

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