Law reports, also known as case reporters or report series, are published compilations of cases. Like academic journals or magazines, they are published sequentially by year.
A law report may collect cases from a particular jurisdiction (eg Queensland, Northern Territory), a particular court (eg the Commonwealth Law Reports for the High Court of Australia) or on a particular topic (eg family law, criminal law).
Before the internet made unreported cases easy to find and access, law report series were the main way lawyers could access the full text of cases.
In addition to providing the full text of a case, publishers will add useful information such as:
Important! A single case may be published in some or all of these ways. This means a single case can have multiple citations which are known as parallel citations. See Which version to cite? for more info on referencing.
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Would you like to know more about the history of law reporting, authoritative law reports and precedent?
Visit the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland (ICLRQ) http://www.queenslandreports.com.au/authorised
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