Case Law is the body of Law set out in judicial decisions. Case Law means court decisions and judicial decisions or judgements in cases. Case Law is a primary source of legal research. Understanding how to find case law is an important part of your legal study and research which you will need to draw in legal practice.
Law Reports publish the judgements in cases. A law Report citation provides the information you need to find the case judgement.
Key Law Reports include;
We also have Law reports for certain aspects of Law for example;
Some judgements are not reported and are know as unreported judgements
You can search for cases in a number of key Law databases
To find a case, click on the case tab in one of the databases below and then search by party name or keyword.
Some databases will give you the case information, others will also provide links to further information related to that case;
The database Juscite provides a really good visual map called a citation map which displays case connections. Not all cases have the citation map feature.
These can help to lead you to other relevant cases and research on a legal topic you are investigating.
A typical case citation looks like this
People (DPP) v Quilligan  IR 495 (SC) 511
In legal case citations, you will often see abbreviations for Law Reports which publish case judgements;
To find out what an abbreviation stands for use the Cardiff Index of Legal Abbreviations
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