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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.

Accessing law reports and cases: Full-text A-Z list

Full-text A-Z list

Use this table to locate the full-text of a case from the citation abbreviation of the law report or unique court identifier.

For example

If you are looking to find the case - Allen v Chadwick (2015) 256 CLR 148 - then click on the 'B-D' tab to find where to access the CLR (Commonwealth Law Reports).

If you are looking to find the case - R v Huni [2014] QCA 324 (5 December 2014) - then click on the 'Q' tab to find where to access the QCA (Supreme Court of Queensland - Court of Appeal).

 
 
Notes
  • This table is not comprehensive, particularly with regard to overseas content.
  • Unreported Australian cases link to AustLII in the table, but may also be accessible on the court websites or other sources.
  • A lot of the older UK case reports from the years 1220-1867 are available through the 'ER' (English Reports). See HeinOnline's Chart of Reports (nominate reports) for a list of reports incorporated into the ER.
Abbreviation Name Jurisdiction Access
A Crim R Australian criminal reports AU Westlaw AU
AAR Administrative appeals reports AU Westlaw AU
AATA Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia AU AustLII
ABC Australian bankruptcy cases AU Storage
ABC (NS) Australian bankruptcy cases (new series) AU Storage
AC Law reports, appeal cases (third series) UK ICLR
ACCR Australian Consumer Credit Reports AU Lexis Advance
ACL Australian current law reporter AU Lexis Advance
ACLC Australian company law cases AU CCH
ACLR Australian company law reports AU Lexis Advance
ACompT Australian Competition Tribunal AU AustLII
ACopyT Copyright Tribunal AU AustLII
ACSCC Australian consumer sales and credit law cases AU Storage
ACSR Australian corporations and securities reports AU Lexis Advance
ACTCA Australian Capital Territory Court of Appeal AU AustLII
ACTLR Australian Capital Territory law reports - Authorised report series for the Australian Capital Territory AU Westlaw AU
ACTR Australian Capital Territory reports AU Lexis Advance
ACTSC Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court AU AustLII
AEG Australian estate and gift duty cases AU Storage
AILR Australian industrial law reports AU CCH
AIPC Australian intellectual property cases AU CCH
AIRC Australian Industrial Relations Commission AU AustLII
AJR Australian jurist reports AU HeinOnline
ALD Administrative law decisions - Authorised report series for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal AU Lexis Advance
ALJ Australian law journal AU Westlaw AU
ALJR Australian law journal reports AU

Westlaw AU from vol 77 (2003)

and Storage vol 1 (1927) - vol 81 (2007)

All ER All England law reports UK Lexis Advance
All ER Rep All England law reports reprints UK Lexis Advance
All ER Rep Ext All ER reprints extension UK Lexis Advance
ALR Australian law reports AU Lexis Advance
ALT Australian law times AU HeinOnline
ANZ ConvR Australian and New Zealand conveyancing reports AU/NZ CCH
ANZ Ins Cas Australian & New Zealand insurance cases AU/NZ CCH
APA Australian planning appeal decisions AU Storage
App Cas Law reports, appeal cases (second series) UK ICLR
AR (NSW) Industrial arbitration reports, New South Wales AU Storage
ARLR Australian resources law reports AU Westlaw AU
ASAL Australian sales and fair trading law cases AU CCH
ASC Australian consumer sales and credit law cases AU CCH
ASTLR Australian succession and trusts law reports AU Westlaw AU
ATC Australian tax cases AU CCH
ATD Australian tax decisions AU Storage
ATPR Australian trade practices reports AU CCH
ATR Australian tax reports AU Westlaw AU
Aust Contract Reports Australian contract reports AU CCH
Aust Torts Reports Australian Torts Reports AU CCH
Abbreviation Name Jurisdiction Access
BC (NSW) The New South Wales bankruptcy cases AU Storage
BCC British company cases UK Westlaw UK
BCLC Butterworths company law cases UK Storage
BPR Butterworths property reports AU Storage
Bus LR The Business Law reports UK ICLR
CAR Commonwealth arbitration reports AU Storage
Ch Law reports, chancery division (3rd series) UK ICLR
ChD Law reports, chancery division (2nd series) UK ICLR
CLR Commonwealth law reports - Authorised report series for the High Court of Australia AU Westlaw AU
CPD Law reports, common pleas division UK ICLR
Cr App R Criminal appeal reports UK Westlaw UK
Cr App R (S) Criminal appeal reports (sentencing) UK Westlaw UK
CTBR Commonwealth taxation board of review decisions AU Storage
DCLR Lawbook Co's District Court law reports (NSW) AU Westlaw AU
DDCR Dust diseases and compensation reports AU Westlaw AU
DLR Dominion law reports Can CanLII
Abbreviation Name Jurisdiction Access
EOC Equal opportunity cases AU CCH
ER English reports UK HeinOnlineWestlaw UK and CommonLII
Ex D Law reports, exchequer division UK ICLR
F Fraser's session cases, 5th series UK Westlaw UK
Fam Law reports, family division UK ICLR
FamCA Family Court of Australia AU AustLII
FamCAFC Family Court of Australia - full court AU AustLII
Fam LR Family law reports AU Lexis Advance
FCA Federal Court of Australia AU AustLII
FCAFC Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia AU AustLII
FCCA Federal Circuit Court of Australia AU AustLII
FCR Federal court reports - Authorised report series for the Federal Court AU Westlaw AU
FCWA Family Court of Western Australia AU AustLII
FLC Family law cases AU CCH
FLR Federal law reports AU Westlaw AU
FMCA Federal Magistrates Court of Australia AU AustLII
FMCAfam Federal Magistrates Court of Australia - Family Law AU AustLII
FSR Fleet Street Reports UK Westlaw UK
GLR Gazette law reports NZ Storage
Abbreviation Name Jurisdiction Access
HCA High Court of Australia AU

AustLII

HPC Hayward's patent cases UK Storage
ICR Industrial Cases Reports UK ICLR
IPR Intellectual property reports AU Lexis Advance
IR Industrial reports AU Westlaw AU
IRCA Industrial Relations Court of Australia AU AustLII
IRTA Immigration Review Tribunal of Australia AU AustLII
KB Law reports, King's bench UK ICLR
LAR Lloyd's arbitration reports UK Storage
LGERA Local government and environmental reports of Australia  AU Westlaw AU
LGR New South Wales local government reports AU Storage
Lloyd’s Rep Lloyd's list law reports UK

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LR A & E Law reports, admiralty and ecclesiastical UK ICLR
LR CCR Law reports, crown cases reserved UK ICLR
LR Ch App Law reports, chancery appeal cases UK ICLR
LR CP Law reports, common pleas UK ICLR
LR Eq Law reports, equity cases UK ICLR
LR Ex Law reports, exchequer cases UK ICLR
LR HL Law reports, English & Irish appeals UK ICLR
LR (NSW) Law reports, New South Wales AU AustLII
LR PC Law reports, privy council appeal cases UK ICLR
LR P & D Law reports, probate & divorce cases UK ICLR
LR QB Law reports, Queen's bench (1st series) UK ICLR
LR Sc & Div Law reports, House of Lords Scotch & divorce appeal cases UK ICLR
LT Law times reports UK Storage
LT(A)R Land titles (Australia) reports AU Westlaw AU
Abbreviation Name Jurisdiction Access
M Macpherson's session cases (3rd Series) UK Storage
Macq Macqueen's Scotch appeal cases UK Storage
MCD Magistrates' court decisions NZ Storage
Med LR Medical law reports UK Storage
MLJ Malayan law journal reports MY Lexis Advance
NNTTA National Native Title Tribunal of Australia AU AustLII
NSWCA New South Wales Court of Appeal AU AustLII
NSWCCA Supreme Court of New South Wales - Court of Criminal Appeal AU AustLII
NSW Conv R New South Wales conveyancing reports AU CCH
NSWDC District Court of New South Wales AU AustLII
NSWIRComm Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales AU AustLII
NSWLR New South Wales law reports - Authorised report series for the Supreme Court of New south Wales AU Lexis Advance and Westlaw AU
NSWR New South Wales reports AU Storage
NSWSC New South Wales Supreme Court AU AustLII
NSW SCR New South Wales supreme court reports AU Storage
NTCA Northern Territory Court of Appeal AU AustLII
NTLR Northern Territory law reports - Authorised report series for the Northern Territory Supreme Court AU Westlaw AU
NTR Northern Territory reports AU Lexis Advance
NTSC Northern Territory Supreme Court AU AustLII
NZLR New Zealand law reports - Authorised report series for the New Zealand Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court NZ Lexis Advance
OR(3d) Ontario Reports, 3rd series CAN Quicklaw
P Law Reports, probate UK ICLR
PD Law Reports, probate, divorce and admiralty division UK ICLR
PNGLR Papua and New Guinea law reports PNG Storage
PTSR Public and third sector law reports UK ICLR
Abbreviation Name Jurisdiction Access
QADT Anti-Discrimination Tribunal Queensland AU AustLII
QB Law reports, Queen's bench (3rd series) UK ICLR
QBD Law reports, Queen's bench division UK ICLR
QBT Queensland Building Tribunal AU AustLII
QCA Supreme Court of Queensland - Court of Appeal AU AustLII
QCAT Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal AU AustLII
QCLLR Queensland crown lands law reports AU Lexis Advance
QConvR Queensland conveyancing reports AU CCH
QCR Queensland criminal reports AU Storage
QDC Queensland District Court Decisions AU AustLII
Qd R Queensland reports - Authorised report series for the Queensland Supreme Court AU Lexis Advance (full coverage 1974-current) & Storage
QIC Queensland Industrial Court AU AustLII
QICmr

Queensland Information Commissioner Decisions

AU Officer of the Information Commissioner: Queensland
QIRComm Queensland Industrial Relations Commission AU AustLII
QJPR Queensland justice of the peace reports AU Westlaw AU
QL Queensland lawyer and reports AU Westlaw AU
QLAC Land Appeal Court of Queensland AU AustLII
QLC Land Court of Queensland AU AustLII
QLCR Queensland land court reports AU Lexis Advance
QLJ Queensland law journal reports AU Internet archive
QMC Magistrates Court of Queensland AU AustLII
QPEC Queensland Planning and Environment Court AU AustLII
QPELR Queensland planning & environment law reports AU Lexis Advance
QPLR Queensland planning law reports AU Storage
QSC Supreme Court of Queensland AU AustLII
Abbreviation Name Jurisdiction Access
R Rettie's session cases, 4th series UK Westlaw UK
RPC Reports of patent, design and trade mark cases UK Oxford Academic
RPD Repatriation pension decisions AU Storage
RRTA Refugee Review Tribunal of Australia AU AustLII
S Shaw's session cases, 1st series UK Westlaw UK
SADC District Court of South Australia AU AustLII
SAIR South Australian industrial reports AU AustLII
SALR South Australian law reports AU AustLII
SASC South Australian Supreme Court AU AustLII
SASR South Australian state reports - Authorised report series for the Supreme Court of South Australia AU AustLII (1920-50) Westlaw AU (1971-)
Sc Jur Scottish Jurist UK HeinOnline
SCR Supreme court reports (Canada) CAN HeinOnline
SLT Scots law times UK Westlaw UK
SR (NSW) State reports New South Wales AU Westlaw AU
SR (WA) State reports Western Australia AU Westlaw AU
St R Qd State reports of Queensland AU Westlaw AU
Tas LR Tasmanian law reports AU AustLII
Tas R Tasmanian reports - Authorised report series for the Supreme Court of Tasmania AU AustLII (1958-91) Westlaw AU (1992-)
Tas SR Tasmanian state reports AU AustLII
TASSC Supreme Court of Tasmania AU AustLII
TBRD Taxation board of review decisions, new series AU Storage
TLR Times law reports UK HeinOnline
TPLGG Town planning & local government guide AU Storage
TPR Trade practices reports AU Storage
TRNZ Tax reports, New Zealand NZ Storage
Abbreviation Name Jurisdiction Access
UKSC United Kingdom Supreme Court UK BaiLII
VAR Victorian administrative reports AU Westlaw AU
VCC County Court of Victoria AU AustLII
V Conv R Victorian conveyancing reports AU CCH
Vic ACR Victorian accident compensation reports AU Storage
Vic WCR Victorian workers compensation reports AU Storage
VLR Victorian law reports AU AustLII
VLT Victorian law times and legal observer AU AustLII
VPA Victorian planning appeal decisions AU Storage
VR Victorian reports - Authorised report series for the Supreme Court of Victoria AU Lexis Advance and Westlaw AU
VSC Supreme Court of Victoria AU AustLII
VSCA Supreme Court of Victoria - Court of Appeal AU AustLII
WADC District Court of Western Australia AU AustLII
WALR Western Australian law reports AU AustLII
WAR Western Australian reports - Authorised report series for the Supreme Court of Western Australia AU Westlaw AU
WASC Supreme Court of Western Australia AU AustLII
WASCA Supreme Court of Western Australia - Court of Appeal AU AustLII
WCR (NSW) Workers' compensation reports, New South Wales AU Storage
WCR (Qld) Workers' compensation reports, Queensland AU Storage
WCR (WA) Workers' compensation reports, Western Australia AU Storage
WLR Weekly law reports UK ICLR
WN (NSW) Weekly notes, new South Wales AU Storage
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Legal abbreviations

If you have an abbreviation that isn't included in our  'Full-text A-Z' table, you can use the following resources to find out more information on the source.