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Law: primary sources

This guide will assist you in identifying and searching primary sources of law.

Researching cases

Case citators are used to "note up" cases. Noting a case up essentially looks at a case's past and present status.image

When noting up a case 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).

Explore this table to find links and information on Australian case citators.

LawCite is AustLII's case citator. It is particularly useful when searching for law journal articles or law reform reports referring to a particular case.

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Case law databases