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This is a free access to law database –
and it contains documents from many
different courts and tribunals. It is a
very valuable resource and easy to use!
Topic search for materials
Simply type in your topic search into the
search box - use your search operators
eg. AND, OR, NOT and “ “ for phrases
Your results will come up in terms of
relevance to your keywords. The
percentage number behind each items
indicates how relevant it is to your topic
If you want to look for specific types eg.
Cases, use the ‘by databases’ tab and it
will show you how many documents in
each court
Click on the document number to open
the list
Using the advanced search to select specific
databases
Select ‘advanced search’ below the
search box – here you can select your
specific court or database to search in
The search results come up in the same
way
Browsing SAFLII by source
You can browse what SAFLII has by
selecting ‘South Africa’ and then selecting
the database you want to browse
Once in your database, browse by year or
title
Using LawCite to track case treatment
Select LawCite on the case you want to
view
Alternatively go to LawCite.org and
search for the case there
It shows all the cases that have referred to this case – not only in South Africa, but
also elsewhere that has a Legal Information Institute – you can click on each heading
to arrange the results by that heading

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SAFLII training

  • 1. SAFLII This is a free access to law database – and it contains documents from many different courts and tribunals. It is a very valuable resource and easy to use!
  • 2. Topic search for materials
  • 3. Simply type in your topic search into the search box - use your search operators eg. AND, OR, NOT and “ “ for phrases
  • 4. Your results will come up in terms of relevance to your keywords. The percentage number behind each items indicates how relevant it is to your topic
  • 5. If you want to look for specific types eg. Cases, use the ‘by databases’ tab and it will show you how many documents in each court Click on the document number to open the list
  • 6.
  • 7. Using the advanced search to select specific databases
  • 8. Select ‘advanced search’ below the search box – here you can select your specific court or database to search in
  • 9. The search results come up in the same way
  • 11. You can browse what SAFLII has by selecting ‘South Africa’ and then selecting the database you want to browse
  • 12. Once in your database, browse by year or title
  • 13. Using LawCite to track case treatment
  • 14. Select LawCite on the case you want to view Alternatively go to LawCite.org and search for the case there
  • 15. It shows all the cases that have referred to this case – not only in South Africa, but also elsewhere that has a Legal Information Institute – you can click on each heading to arrange the results by that heading