Before cases are published, some law report series are checked for accuracy by the judges - these are known as the Authorised Reports.
Courts require the most authorised reported version of a case be cited, so it is good practice to follow this now during your studies.
See below for a list of authorised reports and details of unauthorised law report series.
Common Law precedent requires authoritative reporting of decisions that can be referred to by lawyers involved in later cases. Councils of Law Reporting were set up to select and publish in authorised report series. Judgments that set some precedent or raise a significant point of law are generally chosen to be reported in the authorised series.
Australian publishers of report series (* denotes an Authorised report series)
|Administrative Appeals Reports
|A Crim R
|Australian Criminal Reports
|Australian Law Journal Reports
|Commonwealth Law Reports *
|Federal Court Reports *
|Federal Law Reports
|Industrial Reports *
|Local Government and Environmental Reports of Australia
|Northern Territory Law Reports *
|South Australian State Reports *
|State Reports (WA)
|Tasmanian Reports *
|Western Australian Reports *
|Administrative Law Decisions *
|All England Law Reports
|Australian Capital Territory Law Reports *
|Australian Company Law Reports
|Australian Corporations & Securities Reports
|Australian Law Reports
|Family Law Reports
|Intellectual Property Reports
|Motor Vehicle Reports
|New South Wales Law Reports *
|New Zealand Law Reports *
|Northern Territory Reports
|Queensland Crown Lands Law Reports
|QR / Qd R
|Queensland Reports *
|Victorian Reports *
|ANZ Ins Cas
|Australian and New Zealand Insurance Cases
|Australian and New Zealand Conveyancing Reports
|Australian Child Support Cases
|Australian Company Law Cases
|Australian Competition and Consumer Cases
|Australian Consumer Credit Law Cases
|Australian Consumer Sales and Credit Law Cases
|Australian Contract Law Cases
|Australian De facto Relationship Cases
|Australian Equal Opportunity Cases
|Australian Family Law Cases
|Australian Family Law Western Australian Cases
|Australian GST Cases
|Australian Industrial Law Reports
|Australian Industrial Property Cases
|Australian Intellectual Property Cases
|Australian Medical Liability Leading Cases
|Australian Personal Property Securities Cases
|Australian Sales and Fair Trading Law Cases
|Australian Social Security Cases
|Australian Superannuation Cases
|Australian Tax Cases
|Australian Torts Cases
|Australian Uniform Evidence Law Cases
|Australian Work Health and Safety Law Cases
|Australian Workers Compensation Review
|New South Wales Conveyancing Law Cases
|New South Wales Strata and Community Titles Cases
|Queensland Conveyancing Law Cases
|V Conv R
|Victorian Conveyancing Law Cases
Many cases from the courts are not published in a law report series - these are Unreported Cases.
Since 1997, unreported cases are recognisable by the use of medium neutral citation. This citation is assigned by the court and includes the year of hearing, unique court identifier and a judgment number.
An unreported (medium neutral) citation should only be used when a case has not been included in a reported series.
Note: Some cases are not made available for various reasons, this could be due to suppression orders (especially in criminal cases) or other reason. Some courts and tribunals do not publish decisions in any way, e.g. the Magistrates Court decisions of WA are not published. You may be able to request a transcript of a hearing where no decision is published but generally you will have to be a party to the matter.
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