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Authorised Reports Research Guide

An authorised report is one which has court approval prior to publication.

Practice Note SC Gen 3 of the Supreme Court of Victoria specifies that "Where a judgment is reported in an authorised series of law reports, all references and citations must be to, and any copy provided to the Court must be a copy of, the authorised report".

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC): Rule 2.2.2 states:

  • The authorised version of the report should always be used where available.

The Victorian Reports are the authorised law report series for Victoria. For more information about the Council of Law Reporting in Victoria, see this summary.

Locating Australian Authorised Reports

The table below shows the authorised law reports for each Australian jurisdiction and their abbreviation, and where it can be found online and in print in the Supreme Court of Victoria library.

Court

Abbreviation

Digital

Print^         

High Court of Australia

     

Commonwealth Law Reports (1903) -

CLR

Westlaw AU*

Bay 13

Federal Court

     

Federal Court Reports (1984) -

FCR

Westlaw AU*

Bay 15

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

     

Administrative Law Decisions (1976) -

ALD

 

Bay 17

Supreme Court of Victoria

     

Victorian Reports (1957) -

VR

Victorian Reports

Bay 18

Victorian Reports (1957) -

VR

Westlaw AU*

Bay 18

Victorian Law Reports (1875) - (1956)

VLR

Victorian Reports

Bay 18

Victorian Law Reports (1875) - (1956)

VLR

AustLII

Bay 18

Supreme Court of New South Wales

     

New South Wales Law Reports (1971) -

NSWLR

Westlaw AU*

Bay 18

New South Wales Law Reports (1971) -

NSWLR

NSW Law Reports"

Bay 18

State Reports New South Wales (1901) - (1970)

SR NSW

 

Bay 18

State Reports New South Wales (1901) - (1950)

SR NSW

AustLII

Bay 18

Law Reports (New South Wales) (1856) - (1900)

NSWLR

AustLII

Bay 18

Supreme Court of Queensland

     

Queensland Reports (2019) -

QR

Westlaw AU*

Bay 14

Queensland Reports (2019) -

QR

Queensland Judgments

Bay 14

Queensland Reports (1958) - (2019)

QdR

Westlaw AU*

Bay 14

Queensland Reports (1859) - (2019)

QdR

Queensland Judgments

Bay 14

State Reports of Queensland (1902) - (1957)

QdR Westlaw AU* Bay 14

Supreme Court of South Australia

     

South Australian State Reports (1971) -

SASR

Westlaw AU*

Bay 14

State Reports. South Australia (1921) - (1971)

SASR

Westlaw AU*

Bay 16

South Australian Law Reports (1867) - (1920)

SALR

AustLII

Bay 16

Supreme Court of Tasmania

     

Tasmanian Reports (1992) -

Tas R

Westlaw AU*

Bay 16

Tasmanian Reports (1981) -

Tas R

 

Bay 16

Tasmanian State Reports (1941) - (1980)

Tas SR

 

Bay 16

Supreme Court of Western Australia

     

Western Australian Reports (1961) -

WAR

Westlaw AU* (1986) -

Bay 16

Western Australian Law Reports (1899) - (1959)

WALR

AustLII

Bay 16

Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

     

Australian Capital Territory Law Reports (2008) -

ACTLR

Westlaw AU*

Bay 16

Australian Capital Territory Law Reports (1973) - (2008)

ACTR

Lexis Advance* (Part of the Australian Law Reports) 

Bay 16

Supreme Court of the Northern Territory

     

Northern Territory Law Reports (1991)

NTLR

Westlaw AU*

Bay 16

Northern Territory Reports (1979) - (1991)

NTR

Lexis Advance* (Part of the Australian Law Reports) 

Bay 16

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