First Principles of Business Law

Case law
10. Citing a law report

10.3. Information in citations




 With practice, you can tell quite a lot about a case from its citation. Since each law reports series only reports certain cases, you can often deduce the geographical jurisdiction of the court and its level in the hierarchy of courts.

Analyse the citations listed below and decide the extent to which each of the cases would bind the New South Wales Court of Appeal. Click on each citation for feedback.

 X and Y (By Her Tutor X) v Pal (1991) 23 NSWLR 26

Watt v Rama [1972] VR 353

Montreal Tramways v Leveill [1933] 4 DLR 337

Waugh v Waugh (1950) 50 SR (NSW) 210; 67 WN (NSW) 175

Port of Melbourne Authority v Anshun Pty Ltd (1981) 147 CLR 589

Davies v Tenby Borough Council [1974] 2 Lloyds Reports 469

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