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Law

A guide to Australian legal research resources

Authorised Law Reports

In each Australian jurisdiction there is one series of law reports designated as authorised. It is standard practice for cases from the authorised law reports series to be used in court and cited in written publications.

AGLC Rule 2.3.1 requires that where a case is reported in an authorised series, this series should be cited in preference to any other reported version.  If the case has not been reported in an authorised law report, but has been reported in another law report, you should use this citation. If the case has not been reported anywhere then you should cite the unreported judgment.

 

Court

Title of Reporting Series

Abbreviation of Report Series

Federal

High Court

Commonwealth Law Reports 1903-

CLR

Federal Court

Federal Court Reports 1984-

FCR

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Administrative Law Decisions 1976-

ALD

States and Territories

Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory Law Reports 2008-

ACTLR

Supreme Court of New South Wales

New South Wales Law Reports 1970-
State
Reports NSW 1901-1970
New South Wales Law Reports 1825 - 1900

NSWLR
 

SR NSW
NSWLR

Supreme Court of the Northern Territory

Northern Territory Law Reports 1991-

NTLR

Supreme Court of Queensland

Queensland Reports 1958-
State
Reports. Queensland 1902-57

QdR
St R Qd

Supreme Court of South Australia

South Australian State Reports 1971-
State
Reports. South Australia 1921-71
South Australian Law Reports 1865-1920

SASR
 

SRSA
 

SALR

Supreme Court of Tasmania

Tasmanian Reports 1979-
State Reports Tasmania 1941-1978
Tasmanian Law Reports 1897-1940

Tas R
Tas SR

 

TLR

Supreme Court of Victoria

Victorian Reports 1957-
Victorian Law Reports 1875-1956

VR
VLR

Supreme Court of Western Australia

Western Australian Reports 1960-
Western Australian Law Reports 1899-1959

WAR
 

WALR

New Zealand

Court of Appeal & High Court

New Zealand Law Reports 1883-

NZLR

United Kingdom

High Court

The Law Reports series:
Chancery Division 1891-
Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division 1891-1971
Family Division 1972-
Queen's/King's Bench Division 1891-


Ch
P

 

Fam
QB or KB

Supreme Court, House of Lords & Privy Council

Appeal Cases 1891-

AC

United States

Supreme Court

US Reports 1789-

US

Canada

Supreme Court

Canada Supreme Court Reports 1970-
Canada Law Reports, Supreme Court of Canada 1923-69
Canada Supreme Court Reports 1876-1922

SCR

Federal Court

Canada Federal Court Reports 1971-

FCR

International

International Court of Justice

ICJ Reports 1947-

ICJ Rep

Court of Justice of the European Communities

European Court Reports 1954-

ECR

European Court of Human Rights

Reports of Judgements and Decisions 1966
Series A: Judgements and Decisions 1960-1966

Eur Court HR
 

Eur Court HR (ser A)

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