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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

Introduction to Finding UK Cases

Prior to 1986, the Privy Council was the highest court of appeal for Australian cases. Though not binding precedent, UK decisions may still be influential today, and are sometimes relied upon in Australian courts.

Finding UK Cases

Cases reported in the Official Law Reports and Weekly Law Reports are available online through ICLR. Click on ‘Full Search’ to search by case name, citation, date, judge, court, or full text. You can also browse recent cases by choosing topics from the sidebar.


Where available, the Official Law Reports (Appeals Cases, Queen’s Bench, Chancery, Family) should be cited. See the Law Library research guide on United Kingdom Legal Research: Case Law for more information.

Cases reported in the All England Law Reports are available online through Lexis Advance Pacific.


UK Case Citators 

There are a number of case citators available containing case law from the United Kingdom. The citators can be used to locate commentary, subsequent treatment of cases, litigation history, etc. 

See the United Kingdom Research Guide for further information.

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