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Legal abbreviations: Law reports - Australia

Please note Westlaw AU update:

Please use this link to access all Westlaw Australia cases.

Current Westlaw AU links are being undated and will not currently work due to the old platform being discontinuing on 30 June, 2022. 

Law reports A-Z

Which version of a case should I cite?

It's common for leading cases to be published in several law report series.

According to rule 2.7 in the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC), the "most authoritative available version of a case should be cited."

When deciding which version of a case to cite, rule 2.3.1 sets out the following hierarchy: 

  1.   Authorised report series
  2.   Generalist (unauthorised) report series 
  3.   Subject-specific (unauthorised) report series
  4.   The unreported (AustLII) version of the judgment

Tip #1:  To find out if a case has been 'reported', look up the judgment in a case citator (e.g. CaseBase and FirstPoint).

Tip #2:  For Australian judgments, CaseBase always lists the most authoritative case citation first.

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