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How do I "provide a brief report and explain the importance and implications of" a case?

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2015  |  106 Views

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When you have been asked to explain the importance and implications of an Australian legal case you need to:

  1. Find the case in a report series. Use either:
    • Westlaw AU
    • LexisNexis AU.
  2. Find a general overview discussing why the case is important. Look up references to the case in Australian legal encyclopaedias such as:
    • Laws of Australia on Westlaw AU
    • Halsburys Laws of Australia on LexisNexis AU.
  3. Find journal articles to support your analysis and to cite in your report:
    • In LexisNexis AU or Westlaw AU, search for the case and articles discussing the case.
    • Search Summon for the case citation - it includes many, but not all, legal journals.

Note: Do not stop at the overview/encyclopedia stage. To adequately analyse a case you need to look at journal articles that discuss it.

For hints about these and other resources, please refer to our Law Subject Guide.

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