LawCite is a citator for cases and journal articles from around the world, focusing mainly on common law legal systems. It was developed by the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) in collaboration with the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) and other legal information institutes (LIIs).
LawCite is freely available to all, as part of AustLII, BAILII and many other LIIs.
The LawCite database indexes more than 5.7 million cases, law journal articles and law reform reports. It gives links to the full text if this is available on a free website; otherwise, it gives the name of the commercial database which has the full text.
LawCite provides substantial coverage of about seventy-five jurisdictions, the top five being the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and India.
LawCite lists all known cases, journal articles and law reform reports referring to each case or journal article that it covers. Frequently-cited cases or articles are marked with one or more gold stars, each star indicating about fifty citations. Because the case citations are automatically generated, LawCite does not indicate whether a case is still good law and appeals are not explicitly mentioned (but the first instance decision and appeal will very often come up together in search results).
LawCite also lists legislation, cases and articles cited in each case or journal article.
LawCite can be searched by law report/journal citation, party name, court, jurisdiction, article title, author, date, cases cited and/or legislation cited.
Search results are usually displayed with the most frequently-cited items appearing at the top, and cases, articles and law reform documents are listed in separate tables. However, if there are more than 5,000 search results, they will be listed in reverse chronological order, in a single table. To change the sort order, click on the corresponding column heading: for example, to sort by party name, click on Case Name.
Printing and downloading
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‘Help’ links are available on the search page and search results page.