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Case citators

What is a case citator?

A case citator is a legal research tool for finding cases by party name/s, citation or topic. Citators allow you to track the history of a case and its subsequent treatment by the courts, as well as determine if a case is still good law. Citators also enable researchers to identify secondary materials which discuss a case as well as legislation judicially considered.

Case citators are available for both Australian and international cases.

Parallel or Alternative Citations
Click here to view a short video that explains parallel citations. Note: AGLC (4) in rule 2.2.2 states that the most authoritative version of a case should be cited.

Australian case citators

International case citators

Understanding case citators

In this video Natalie gives a brief overview of some of the differences between databases on the market and in particular the case citators including CaseBase, FirstPoint, LawCite and Jade Barnet. A case citator provides a summary of the case, and importantly tells us what has happened since the case. Specifically, have the courts continued to follow the principal of law from a specific case? You need to be aware that each product has its positive points and limitations. For example, the scope of the service – particularly in relation to timeframe, and to the editor’s selection of cases listed. Natalie discusses when you may use one resource over another, and gives some examples.