Introduction

The National Library holds law reports published in Australia from 1825. Historical sets of law reports are also held for many overseas countries. Overseas law reports are currently collected mainly from the Asia/Pacific region. International law is represented through the reports of international tribunals such as the International Court of Justice.

Court records include unpublished decisions, transcripts of proceedings (verbatim accounts of statements given during the course of proceedings), letters, lists of trials, depositions, circulars, bench books etc. They may cover the topics of wills (grants of probate or letters of administration), divorce, bankruptcy, civil and criminal cases, naturalisation, newspaper registrations, and conscientious objectors.

Summaries of court proceedings may be reported in daily newspapers. To locate newspaper reports of trials and cases, online full-text newspaper databases are available, as well as indexes, in the Newspaper/Microform Reading Room.

NB: This guide contains selected print resources only which must be requested through the catalogue unless otherwise specified.

See also:

  Law

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