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17775 Land Acquisition Statutory Valuation And Litigation: Case Law

In this guide:

There are 2 main ways you can search for legal materials:
1) either by looking for cases and then finding leglisation, or
2) by starting with legislation and then finding cases.
This page will focus on option 1.

Searching for cases via LexisNexis's Casebase database
Once you arrive at Casebase you'll see a search interface like the one below. There are two places you could try placing your search terms into - search terms or catchwords (you can even use a combination of the two) 

Placing your search terms in the top box is like a Google Search. Placing your search terms in catchwords is a bit like an abstract search in a journal article database - which creates more of a focused search. 

In terms of search strategies a good place to start is to use "compuslory acquisition" combined with another word or words pertinent to your assignment, for example:
compensation / disturbance / rezoning etc.

Below is a catchword search for compulsory acquisition compensation. There are 179 results, filed by newest to oldest. You can use the sort results by option to prioritize relevance if you want. Now that we know we have 179 results we may be able to use the narrow search box to another word to the search, and see if we get anything. Perhaps the word rezoning


 The added criteria of rezoning gives us 6 results..

When you look at a list of results and also when you look at a particular case you'll see a mark indicating signals.

These are supplied by the database maker and are interpretive. There are a variety of signals out there - if you'd like to know more about what  they mean you can refer to this page from the LexisNexis help section

When you click the title of a case you'll see the plaintiffs and also the catchwords and digest (see pic below). The catchwords and digest are a summary of the judgement. For the full text of the judgement click one of the hyperlinked citations below the case name - eg:  [2014] QCA 356

Within the case description you'll find a list of cases that cited the one you are looking at and also a list of cases that were cited in the judgement. You will also see any legislation that was considered in the making of the judgement:

 From there you can link to the act and then look up the relevant sections. 

Click on a section will give you the text of that section


Clicking the double arrows next to the section title will give you legal materials related to this section of the act:




In addition to Casebase you can also search for cases in Westlaw's Firstpoint case citator