Searching for a case by topic
There are a number of tools which will assist you in finding cases from the mass of law reports. One very useful source is a case citator, which is a kind of case law index.
To use a citator, first determine keywords that will describe your topic.
Casebase and Firstpoint are Australian case citators. Either can be used to locate Australian cases relevant to your topic by searching selected keywords.
Not all cases are reported. Unreported judgments are decisions of courts that have not been published. There are two main reasons why a decision is not published.
- The case is too recent to have been published.
- The case is not considered of sufficient importance to be published.
This case has been reported in two law report series:
FLR = Federal Law Reports
Aust Contract R = Australian Contract Reports.
Not all cases will be listed in a case citator (Firstpoint or CaseBase) or even in a printed law report series. These cases may be available online in full text, for example, at the website of the court where the case was heard.
View a demonstration on Introduction to cases in CaseBase