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Contemporary Business Law: Cases

In this guide:

PRIMARY LEGAL RESOURCES: CASES

 

Case Citations

The purpose of case citations is to provide sufficient information so that the cited case can be located easily. 

Components of a Case Citation

Green v The King (1949) 79 CLR 353

R v Petronius-Kuff [1985] 3 NSWLR 178

Case Name

Green v The King

R v Petronius-Kuff

Year*

(1949)

[1985]

Volume Number

79

3

Law Report Series

CLR

NSWLR

Starting Page

353

178

In a case citation, the publication year can be in either round or square brackets.

  • Round brackets indicate that the law report series is arranged on the shelf by volume number. Example: Green v The King (194979 CLR 353.
  • Square brackets indicate that the law report series is arranged on the shelf by year. Square bracket citations may not necessarily have a volume number. Example: R v Petronius-Kuff [19853 NSWLR 178.

 

Finding Cases in Legal Databases

Legal Databases help you find the citation to a case, the full text of the case, cases and legislation cited in the case and the subsequent legal history of the case. They may also refer you to journal articles.

A major legal database is Lexis Advance Pacific - which you can access from the list of top law databases on the Library website