CaseBase is an index to Australian cases and journal articles, providing summaries but not the full text.  It is part of LexisNexis Australia.


Casebase is available in IALS Library to all readers. Remote access is available to IALS students and staff only.

IALS does not subscribe to other parts of LexisNexis Australia. However, it does subscribe to Lexis Library, which includes a substantial amount of Australian materials.


Casebase consists of a case citator, CaseBase Cases, and an index to law journals, CaseBase Journal Articles. Both include summaries, but not the full text.

CaseBase Cases covers approximately 60 Australian and overseas law report series, plus unreported decisions of several of the higher courts of Australia. Entries give case details (party names, date, court and so on), law report citations, subsequent judicial treatment of the decision, lists of cases and legislation cited in the decision, catchwords and a summary.

Casebase Journal Articles indexes and abstracts articles from approximately 100 Australian and overseas legal journals.

Cases and articles traced using Casebase may be held in printed form in IALS Library. To check, look up the law report or journal on the Library catalogue.


The home page provides a Quick Find facility. More detailed search screens are available if you click on the beige "Cases" or "Journals" buttons, towards the top-left corner.  For example, the detailed Journals screen allows you to search by author or citation, which is not possible using Quick Find.


Because of the nature of these particular databases, browsing is of limited applicability.  However, a link on the home page allows you to display alphabetical lists of article titles from CaseBase Journal Articles. Browsing is not offered for CaseBase Cases.


"Help" links can be found on all screens.  The detailed Case and Journals search screens also offer a "Search tips" link.

Printing, emailing and downloading

You can print, e-mail or download your results, in brief or in full, using the icons on the top right of your search results screen.