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Westlaw (Australia) Guide - Cases document display

Last Published: January 14, 2020

The following guide outlines the key features and aspects of a case document.

  1. Case Name or Title with the case information displayed such as court, date, and parallel citations.
  2. Functional tools and delivery options are displayed on the right-hand side of the screen.
Search document text for a term located in this document.
Copy Link or Copy Citation.
Show the KeyCite status for citations within the document.
Save content to Folders.
Annotate your documents with a document level note.
You can email, print or download results by clicking the relevant icon.
Create a KeyCite Alert to follow this case.
  1. KeyCite Flags alert you when a point of law in a document has been negatively discussed.
    The case title that has had the most significant impact on the case will be displayed.  
  2. The Original Image of the Judgment can be downloaded as a PDF.
    A list of Reported Judgments is located by selecting the Other Versions drop-down arrow. 
  1. West Key Number Classifications outline key legal concepts or principles.
    West Key Number Classifications can be displayed in either a linear or tabular view by selecting the list or grid icons on the right-hand side.
  1. Case information such as party names and legal representatives are located further down in the Document tab. 
  1. The Negative Treatment tab displays negative direct litigation history and citing references for the case.
  1. The Negative Direct History displays the events or decisions that have negatively impacted the case you are viewing.
  2. The Negative Citing References are listed by most negative treatment, indicated by the bars in the Depth column.
  3. To view where the citing references discuss this case, set the display information to Most, and click on the highlighted hyperlink to read further.
  1. The History tab displays the direct history of the case and related references.
  1. These are listed in the left column.
  2. Direct history is also displayed graphically in the right column. The graphical display can be hidden by selecting hide.
    Use the – and + icons to zoom in and out.
  1. The Citing References tab displays a list of cases, administrative materials, secondary sources, briefs, and other court documents that cite the case.
  1. Sort the display of options by depth of treatment.
  2. Filter by content (e.g., cases or secondary sources), a specific treatment, court, title, citation or date.
  3. To view where the citing references discuss this case, set the display information to Most.
  4. Click on the highlighted hyperlink to read further.
  1. The Table of Authorities tab displays a list of cases determined as authoritative by the case.
  1. Sort the display by depth of treatment to see cases referenced most often.
  2. The table will display the depth, whether the case was quoted, and the page number(s).
  3. To view the case, click on the title to read further. Cases to be approached with caution are evidenced by red or yellow flags.

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