Use a case citator to find out how the case you are researching has been treated by subsequent courts. To undertake this task, you need to be able to find a case first. If you're unsure of how to find a case, see the pages find a case by citation or find a case by party name.
It is recommended that you use each of the case citators as the results are likely to be different. This section provides information on using the case citators CaseBase, FirstPoint, Jade and LawCite.
Search for your case in CaseBase and click on the link called 'CaseBase'. The following screenshot is of the CaseBase record for a case and highlights:
See the LexisNexis website for information about case citator symbols.
Search for your case in FirstPoint and open the document called 'FirstPoint'. The following screenshot is of the FirstPoint document for a case and highlights:
View the Westlaw AU Case Status Symbol Guide for more information.
Search for your case in Jade using the search bar at the top. From the results, navigate to the case you are looking for. Once you have found the case, the Jade CaseTrace box on the right of the judgment text displays information about subsequent treatment:
You can also navigate to particular paragraphs of the judgment to find out how a particular part of the case (the paragraph) has been treated:
Once you have found your case in LawCite, scroll down to the 'Cases Referring to this Case' section. The benefit of LawCite is that where applicable, it will list cases from Australia and other countries that have free Legal Information Institutes: