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Often you are trying to find cases in a subject area, rather than a specific case. Case citators can also be used for this kind of searching.
|Q. Find cases relating to the burden of proof in murder trials|
In the Free Text Search box type "burden of proof" and murder > View results
Note: The hyperlinked subject headings are assigned by editors who have read the case and are an easy way of finding other relevant cases on your topic
Select the Burden of Proof link from the chain Criminal law > Particular offences > Offences against the person > Homicide > Murder > Evidence > Burden of proof. This provides a list of other cases that have been assigned the same particular subject heading.
|Q. Find cases about unfair dismissal due to different types of discrimination|
In the Catchwords/Summary box type unfair dismissal and discrimination > View results > Select a case name to view the digest - your keywords will be highlighted in red.
The easiest way to find a case is by its citation - this is a unique identifier for the case. Sometimes, cases will have more than one citation, if they have been reported in different law report series.
This citator is published by Thomson Reuters
|Q. Find a copy of the iiNet case 194 FCR 285|
In the Case Citation box type 194 fcr 285 > confirm that the party name/s match the information you have, then select the case title to view the information about case.
Tip: To learn how to enter citations correctly select the blue field name to display search tips
Note: The range of information provided:
Select the PDF link next to the citation to link to a full-text copy of the case.
Note: There are multiple citations for this case as it has been reported in more than one law report series. However, not all the citations are hyperlinked - this means that the law report is provided by a different publisher:
E.g. ALR - the Australian Law Reports - are published by LexisNexis AU, not Thomson Reuters
This citator is published by LexisNexis AU
|Q. Find a copy of the Hindmarsh Island Bridge case  HCA 22|
In the Citation box type 1998 hca 22 > confirm that the party name/s and other information you have matches the result
Tip: To learn how to enter citations correctly select Citation Help
Note: The range of information provided compared to a FirstPoint record:
Note: We had the unreported citation for this case and could easily find a full-text version of the case in AustLII. However, by searching in CaseBase we have discovered that the case has been reported in the authorised series - the Commonwealth Law Reports. There is also a link to the ALR (Australian Law Reports) version, which is published by LexisNexis AU.
Often, the only information you have about a case is one or both of the party names. There are a few tips when searching by party name:
|Q. Find the 2007 case ACCC v Knight|
In the Case/Article Name box type accc and knight > 1 result - verify other details to make sure it is the correct case
Tip: Read the search tip underneath the search box to find out the correct way to enter party names
In the Case Name box type accc and knight > no results
Note: This may be an example when you need to try the full name, not the abbreviation
In the Case Name box type australian competition and consumer commission and knight > 1 result - select the case name to view the digest
Tip: The moral of the story is: Don't give up on your first try - sometimes it is necessary to try multiple searches and multiple databases to find the case you need.
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