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Law: Case Law: Words and phrases

Find legal resources on case law.

Words and phrases

Why find legal definitions? 

  • It is important to distinguish between words defined in statutes and those defined in common law.
  • If there is no statutory definition of a word or phrase, you will need to check to see if it has received judicial consideration.
  • Identify cases to see if there has been any interpretation by the courts of the meaning of undefined words or phrases in legislation.

Key Australian resources

Key international resources

Key Australian resources

Search for a legal word or phrase to find references to cases that have judicially considered it.

Key international resources

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Law: Legislation

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Law: Secondary Sources

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This guide provides undergraduates and graduates with specific resources for Criminology