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Introduction to Case Law

Authorised law reports

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation ('AGLC') states that 'a reported version of a case should be cited in preference to an unreported version.'(AGLC4, 2.3.1)

Supreme Court of Queensland Practice Direction 16/2013 directs parties appearing before the Court as to preferred citation and criteria for selection of authorities.

A list of authorised Australian law reports can be found at page 49 of the AGLC. Also in the AGLC, the Appendix "Law Report Abbreviations' at page 285 places an asterisk next to authorised, official or preferred series.

Would you like to know more about the history of law reporting, authoritative law reports and precedent?

The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland (ICLRQ)

Two excellent videos ...

Donoghue v. Stevenson: The History of Law Reporting

A History of the ICLR