Answered By: The Library, University of Notre Dame Australia
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2020     Views: 152

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
    • Lexis Advance 
  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 Lexis Advance
  3. Find journal articles to support your analysis and to cite in your report:
    • In Lexis Advance 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 analyze 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.