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Primary sources of law

This guide will assist you in locating the two most common primary sources of law - case law and legislation.

Researching cases

Australian case citators

Use the sources below to "note up" cases.

Noting a case up essentially looks at a case's past and present status.

When noting a case up you will often find the following information: parallel citations, case history, journal articles or other secondary sources referring to the case, lists of subsequent citing cases and the judicial treatments in those citing cases.

It is important to look at how subsequent cases have used the case, to see if your original case remains good law (whether it has been overturned or upheld, for example).

Case law databases

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