FirstPoint is a legal research product, accessed via Westlaw AU, which helps you find information about Australian case law.
FirstPoint comprises Australian case research from a variety of sources including: digests of cases published in the Australian Digest, the Australian Legal Monthly Digest and ALMD Advance; digests of reported and unreported judgments from selected courts and tribunals around Australia; and entries from the Australian Case Citator.
With FirstPoint you can:
You can search the FirstPoint template in a number of ways. The most common are by keyword (Free Text), Case Title/Party Name, Citation, or Legislation Cited.
Case name and symbol (see box below):
Judgment information (court, date of judgment, judge(s)):
Parallel citations and text options:
Catchwords and digest:
Words and phrases considered by the case:
Legislation considered by the case:
Later cases which have considered this case:
Cases cited by this case:
Journal articles referring to this case:
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WestlawAU uses a classification system commonly known as a 'breadcrumb trail'. For example, in the FirstPoint case citator, you can browse through the classification menu on the left side of the screen. Every time you click on the + sign, it will open the next branch in the classification (breadcrumb trail).
Breadcrumb trails are also displayed once you are in a FirstPoint case record:
See the FirstPoint Quick Reference Guide for more information.
FirstPoint uses case status symbols to alert you to the fact that history is available for your case and should be investigated.
|A red flag warns that the case is no longer good law for at least one of the points it contains.|
|A yellow flag warns that the case has some negative history, but has not been reversed or overruled.|
|A blue H indicates that the case has some history but it is not known to be negative history.|
|A green C indicates that the case has citing references but no direct or negative indirect history.|