Court cases and commentary were often reported in newspapers of the time. The resources below contain digitised copies historical newspapers.
Newspapers are sometimes the only publicly available record of a court case, especially for cases heard in the lower courts such as the Magistrates and County Court, or cases tried by a jury in any court.
Source: State Library of Victoria, Court cases in Australia
The resources below provide access to historical national, regional and local newspapers.
Journals may contain reports or commentary on legal issues. Some sources are listed below.
Indexes can be useful to trace historical journal articles. The Current Australian and New Zealand legal literature index covers the period 1973 to 1987.
Sources of historical Australian journals include:
Indexes can be used to trace historical journal articles. Several relevant indexing databases are available: