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Property Law: Case Law

Finding Caselaw Resources

To access NZ and International Case Law resources, use the Case Law Tab above and select either New Zealand, Australia, UK and Ireland, or Other Jurisdictions.

You can also use these direct links:

You will find links to many relevant websites and databases. 

 

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Finding and Understanding Case Law

Case Law

Case Law is the collective term for decisions or judgments issued by judges on cases they hear in court. Case law incorporates courts' decisions from individual cases and encompasses courts' interpretations of statutes, constitutional provisions and regulations. 

New Zealand Case Law

Judgments record the outcome of a case, and the original version issued by the court is known as an unreported judgment or decision.

Some cases are then reported, or published in a report series such as the New Zealand Law Reports.  Decisions are generally only reported if they are considered to be significant or to make an important contribution to the law.  

 

Format of a Case Citation 

 

Party Names Year Vol Report Series Abbreviation Starting Page Pinpoint Reference

Waters v Waters (2009) 6 NZFLR 155 at 156.

 

Citators

To find the case you need, you may need to decode the abbreviation of the Law Report or Journal series in the case citation before going to to the relevant report series.

Cardiff index to legal abbreviations - a useful database for checking abbreviations and the correct titles of law reports.

Use a citator to check whether a case has been reported or trace its history.

Use these direct links to the appropriate Case Law Resources

You will find links to many relevant websites and databases. 

 Digests

Digests summarise the background and outcomes of cases, often in a regularly updated format.