The following reports are the authorised reports series for the Supreme Court of Tasmania:
Unreported decisions are judgments that are not subsequently published in a law report series.
Unreported decisions are available from these databases:
Unreported decisions of Tasmanian commissions and tribunals on AustLII include:
This database contains the earliest decisions of the superior courts of Tasmania (also available through AustLII). The website also states that "before 1824, New South Wales superior courts occasionally sat in Van Diemen's Land. For those decisions and others concerning the island, look at the heading 'Van Diemen's Land' in the Subject Index to the New South Wales cases".
When you know the full citation, or partial information such as the name of at least one of the parties, the jurisdiction or court - there are several subscription and free caselaw online databases which we recommend using to find the case:
1. Start with secondary sources, which will cite significant cases on the topic.
2. Find relevant journal articles, use topic keywords to search:
3. Use commentaries on the topic, such as those on CCH, LexisNexis AU and Westlaw AU.
4. In addition to using secondary sources:
Beware: the case law databases will find many cases, but not all will be significant - use books, articles and commentaries to ensure the importance of the case.
Use Secondary Sources!
The following will discuss the most important cases in the area:
The INFORMIT databases, particularly AGIS (law articles) and the HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES COLLECTION (Melb Uni staff & students only).
AustLII Journals (free)
Case citators / noting up services will help you determine whether any later cases have considered your case and which earlier cases your case has considered.
The citators listed below will all reveal slightly different results so to search comprehensively we recommend using all of them.
The subscription services on WestlawAU and LexisNexisAU have the distinct advantage of providing information on how your case has been treated in subsequent cases ie: whether it has been distinguished, followed, overruled etc.
CaseBase (LexisNexis AU)
Free citators / noting up services
AustLII Noteup - when you have located the case you are looking for, the Noteup feature searches for all materials which refer to the current case. This will display all other cases which refer to this case and pinpoints to the relevant paragraphs in the citing cases.
Jade's Case Trace is a citator feature that appears on the right of the page of every case in JADE - it includes links to the full text of cases your case has cited and to cases which have cited your case - and pinpoints the relevant paragraph in the citing cases.
Subsequent consideration of Australian cases in worldwide cases
LawCite - is an automatically generated global case citator, which gathers information from all the 'LIIs" worldwide, so that you see where your case is cited in cases in other jurisdictions. It also lists free and subscription journal articles and law reform reports which discuss your case, and legislation which is cited in your case. Cases found in AustLII all have LawCite link beside the case which links straight to the LawCite record.