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Law reports / unreported judgments

What are law reports?
What are reported judgments?
What are unreported judgments?
Where can I find reported judgments?
Where can I find unreported judgments?
 

What are law reports?

A series of volumes that contain published accounts of judgments.

 

What are reported judgments?

Judgments as published in a law report series.
Reported judgments differ from unreported judgments as they are edited versions of a judgment and include additional information, such as:

  • catchwords - a list of subjects
  • headnote - a summary of the decision, plus orders
  • details of legislation and earlier cases referred to
  • arguments of legal counsel

 

What are unreported judgments?

Generally unedited versions of judgments made available online.
e.g. judgments on AustLII

 

Where can I find reported judgments?

You can find reported judgments in law report series. These series may be found:

  • in print in the Law Library
  • online (via the database of the publisher responsible for the series)

The best way to find a case is to use Find that Case@Flinders. Simply type in the abbreviation from the citation and you will see a link to the online version of the series, or learn where to find it in the Law Library.

 

Where can I find unreported judgments?

You can find unreported judgments on either: