the general term for the legal principles developed by judges to determine legal disputes
recorded in judicial decisions or judgments; only decisions from courts of record (e.g. cases that clarify/settle a principle of law heard in the superior courts, Supreme, Federal and High Court) are recorded in law reports
also known in Australia as "common law" or "judge-made law"
valuable as precedents but constitutes only a small number of cases heard each year.
Three main ways to find case law
Topic search (using search words and phrases).
Citation search (when you have the citation or party names).
From judicially considered legislation (when you link from legislation to related cases using a case citator such as CaseBase).
Using a case citator such as FirstPoint or CaseBase helps to find the preceding and subsequent judicial history of a case, as well as listing the legislation considered by the case, and relevant journal articles.