Sydney Morning Herald reports the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has said it will deliver its judgment in The Hague on 31 March.
The case began in 2010: Oz has asked the court to bring the whaling to an end because the large-scale killing of whales is commercial, and outside the provisions of the International Whaling Commission's scientific permit clause. Japan says the whaling has always been within IWC rules which, in Article Eight, gives countries the right to issue scientific permits under their own terms.
Japan's legal beagles says there might be differences among scientists about Japan's whaling, but the court "..can no more impose a line separating science from non-science, than it could decide what is, or is not, art."
Both sides want full victory - the ICJ has reiterated "...that the judgments of the Court have binding force and are without appeal for the parties concerned."