Information Types - Law
Case citators / digests
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
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
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?
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What is LawCite?
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When should I not use LawCite?