Use CASEBASE HONG KONG - on Lexis Advance US (International)
CaseBase Hong Kong is a case citator that covers all reported and most unreported Hong Kong judgments, as well as key overseas cases (such as from England or other Commonwealth jurisdictions) where they are referred to in Hong Kong judicial decisions. CaseBase includes key case details - party names, court, judges, judgment date, parallel citations - and catchwords and tables of legislation referred to. To clarify the precedential value of each case, all cross-references between cases are displayed and classified (applied, distinguished, overruled, considered etc) and summarised with colour-coded signals (characterising the treatment as positive, cautionary, negative or neutral). CaseBase links to full-text reported and unreported judgments and primary legislation.
To find leading cases on legislative provisions, use the Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong on Lexis Advance (UniMelb staff & students only). Scroll to the Ordinance in which you are interested, then use the + signs to open to the relevant section and then click on Commentary. This will link to commentary and leading cases.
Hong Kong’s highest court is the Court of Final Appeal (called the Supreme Court before 1997 and then briefly the High Court). For information on the history, operation, and jurisprudence of the Court of Final Appeal, see:
See also the following books for commentary on the courts, judiciary and judicial interpretation:
Note that all the law reports and unreported cases on Westlaw that are listed below can be searched at the same time. Similarly, all the law reports and unreported cases on Lexis can be searched at the same time.
The Law Library has access to the following report series (UniMelb staff & student access)
The Hong Kong Judiciary's Judgments and Legal Reference database (open access) includes completely up to date decisions of significance as legal precedents on points of law, practice and procedure of the courts and of public interest from the following courts delivered between 1946 and 1948, and from 1966 onwards from:
The courts and tribunal decisions can be browsed by year or searched. Decisions from all courts and tribunals can be searched at the same time.
This database also includes:
HKLII - an up to date open access platform that includes decisions from:
Decisions from individual courts can be browsed by year, and searched. Decisions from all courts can be searched at the same time on HKLII.
Hong Kong Court of Final Appeals - on Westlaw (UniMelb staff & student access). Coverage from 1997 to current.
Hong Kong Cases Unreported - on Lexis Advance (UniMelb staff & student access). Coverage: 1905 to current. Contains decisions from the Court of Final Appeal, Court of Appeal and Court of First Instance (High Court), District Court, Lands Tribunal and other specialist tribunals.
Note: This database can only be searched, not browsed.
Note: this database can be searched but not browsed by year / volume/.
Hong Kong Cases: Unreported / Alert Service - on Westlaw (UniMelb staff & student access). Full-text cases from the Hong Kong Latest Judgments-Alert Service, including unreported decisions from the Hong Kong regional courts and the Privy Council. Coverage begins with 1999.