Western Australian Law Reports (WALR) were the authorised report series from 1899 to 1959. From 1960, the Western Australian Reports (WAR) became the authorised report series.
State Reports (WA) (1979- )
Reports of cases decided by the District Court, the Children's Court, the Family Court exercising state jurisdiction, the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia, the Mining Wardens' Court and the Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal.
Judgments that have not been reported in a report series can be found in various locations:
Superior Courts of Western Australia collection (1840 -1849) on AustLII
This is a collection of the first court proceedings of Western Australia. The records have been recovered from newspapers digitised by the National Library of Australia. In the earliest period of colonisation, newspapers were the primary source for reporting court proceedings. The Inquirer (1840-1891), Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal (1833-1847, later the Western Australian) are considered the most accepted source of case reporting before the commencement of the Western Australian Law Reports (1899-1955).
This website contains most of the Supreme Court judgments from 1991 onwards.
Selected judgments are available on the Family Court of Western Australia website.
For information on other court websites, see here.
This page includes the following information:
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.