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Introduction to Legal Research

This guide is an introduction to legal research at the University of Melbourne. This guide is intended for law students in the JD, MLM , Breadth programs who are new to legal research. Students in other disciplines who may need to conduct legal research

What Are Authorised Reports? 

Authorised reports are a series of reports which have been given official approval by the judiciary (Council of Law Reporting).

In each court, only one series is designated as authorised. For example; the Commonwealth Law Reports (CLR) are the authorised reports for decisions from the High Court of Australia. High Court decisions are also reported in the Australian Law Reports (ALR) and Australian Law Journal Reports (ALJR). When a case is reported in multiple report series this is known as parallel citations.

Judgments found in authorised reports are considered to be the most accurate record of the judgment, as they have been reviewed by the Judge(s) or Judge's Associate(s) prior to publication.

Why Use Authorised Reports? 

The Authorised Reports Research Guide has information on why you should use authorised reports. Read the information on this guide as it will help you answer some questions at the end of this section of the module. 

How to Locate Authorised Reports 

To find the database that carries a particular authorised report, see the Authorised Law Reports Research Guide