First Principles of Business Law

Sources of law: case law
10. Citing a law report

10.4. Using a citation to find a law report




You can use the information in a citation to find a reported case, either in a library or in an electronic database. 

In a library, you need to find the area where law reports are collected. Then look on the shelves for the law report series mentioned in the citation. Then find the required volume and page number.

In an electronic database, the process is much the same. If you log on to (the Australasian Legal Information Institute) you will find links to Commonwealth, state and territory case law. Select the alphabetical index, and the letter of the alphabet with which the case name begins. All the cases starting with that letter appear in a list and you can easily find the one you need.

If you want practice, try finding the report of the following case.  Click here to connect to AustLII.

Toll (FGCT) Pty Ltd v Alphapharm Pty Ltd (2004) 219 CLR 165

You can learn more about finding case law in the eStudy module 'Finding law online'.


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