NSW Law Reports

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The NSW Law Reports are the official reports of the courts of New South Wales, Australia. The reports are published by The Council of Law Reporting for New South Wales and cover selected cases heard in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Each state in Australia has an official body which is responsible for the reporting of cases.[1] At the Commonwealth level the responsibility rests with judges. The Commonwealth Law Reports are the authorised reports of the High Court of Australia.

Judgments which are included in the reports are selected on the basis their significance in relation to the interpretation, development or application of the law in New South Wales.[2] Fewer than 10% of all judgments are eventually selected for publishing.[3]

The current editor is Bret Walker SC who has held the position since 2006.

From 1900 to 1950 the reports were known as the State Reports (New South Wales).[4][5] The NSW Law Reports currently holds a monopoly on certain reported cases; these cases are not available to the public (unlike High Court cases, which are freely available to the public). Instead, these cases are licensed out to providers such as Thomson Reuters, who sell subscriptions to the cases; or they are sold individually on the NSW Law Reports website (for $18 + GST per case).

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  1. ^ Watt, Robert; Francis Johns (2009). Concise Legal Research (6 ed.). Federation Press. pp. 82–83. ISBN 1862877238. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Authorised reports". New South Wales Law Reports. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Publishing process". New South Wales Law Reports. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  4. ^ *"State Reports (NSW)". 1900–1950 – via nswlr.com.au.
  5. ^ "State Reports (New South Wales)". 1900–1950 – via Austlii.edu.au.

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