This tutorial will use the Lexis Advance Research database to show you how to find cases considering legislation.

Judicial consideration of legislation is where the legislation has been applied, discussed or interpreted in court and recorded in case law.

You may also know these cases as "legislation judicially considered."

To get started:

  • Use the arrows below to work through this tutorial.
  • How to use this tutorial

Let's begin!

A-Z Databases

How to access Lexis Advance (Research & US Research)

We are starting at the A-Z Database list.
• Click L
• Click Lexis Advance
• Enter your username and password
• You are now in Lexis Advance (Research & US Research)

* Note: A-Z Database list is found on the UOW Library homepage.

Your screen should look like this:

Lexis Advance home screen

Advanced Search

Let's find all cases that have considered section 7 of the Marine Pollution Act 1987 (NSW).

  • Click on Advanced Search.
  • Click on Cases.

Lexis Advance Advanced Search options

Enter your search

You are now on the Advanced Search page.

1. Scroll down to the "Legislation Title" section.

2. Type Marine Pollution Act 1987 (NSW) into the "Legislation Title" box.

3. Type 7 into the "Provision Number" box.


Check the image below if you're unsure.

screenshot: legislation title and section

4. Click search.


How many results did you get?

Need help?

Your search results contain cases that have referred to section 7 of the Marine Pollution Act 1987 (NSW).

Note: sometimes the search may return consideration of slightly different sections of the legislation. E.g. it may find section 18(7) instead of section 7. Make sure you double check your results for false hits!

View legislation considered by this case

Click on Filipowski v Frey.

Scroll down or click "Legislation considered by this case" to move quickly to this section.

screenshot: legislation considered


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Congratulations! You have successfully completed this tutorial.

Now try searching using your own assessment topic or case to find which legislation was considered in the case.

Note: Some cases are unpublished. Information on how to find unreported cases is available on the Cases page of the Law Guide.

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