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Law Guide: Authorised Reports

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Authorised reports

There are two types of law reports : authorised and unauthorised.

Authorised reports are edited and checked by the judge before publication. Australian authorised reports include:

  • Commonwealth Law Reports (CLR)
  • Federal Court Reports (FCR)
  • New South Wales Law Reports (NSWLR)
  • New South Wales Reports (NSWR)
  • New South Wales State Reports (SR (NSW))
  • Queensland Reports (Qd R)
  • Queensland State Reports (QSR)
  • Northern Territory Law Reports (NTLR)
  • Northern Territory Reports (NTR)
  • Australian Capital Territory Law Reports (ACTLR)
  • Australian Capital Territory Reports (ACTR)
  • South Australian State Reports (SASR)
  • South Australian Law Reports (SALR)
  • Tasmanian Reports (Tas R)
  • Tasmanian Law Reports (Tas LR)
  • Tasmanian State Reports (Tas SR)
  • Victorian Reports (VR)
  • Victorian Law Reports (VLR)
  • Western Australian Reports (WAR)
  • Western Australian Law Reports (WALR)

Always use the authorised report of a case if available.

Unauthorised series of law reports tend to be published more quickly as they are the first version of the judgment released by the court. They also tend to be subject based e.g. Australian Corporations and Securities Reports (ACSR), the Australian Trade Practices Reports (ATPR) and the Administrative Law Decisions (ALD).


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