Law Reports

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Introduction to law reports

Law reports or reporters are series of books that contain judicial opinions from a selection of case law decided by courts. When a particular judicial opinion is referenced, the law report series in which the opinion is printed will determine the case citation format.

Official law reports, or reporters, are those authorized for publication. Governments designate law reports as official to provide an authoritative, consistent, and authentic statement of a jurisdiction's primary law. However, there also exists unofficial law reports, that are published commercially and are not officially sanctioned. In Australia and New Zealand, for example, official reports are called authorised reports and unofficial are referred to as unauthorised reports.

Law report citations often contain the following information:

  • Report title
  • Volume number
  • Page, section, or paragraph number
  • Publication year

In some law reports, volumes are not numbered independently of the year.

Instructions for certain law reports

Landlord and Tenant Law Reports

From the first issue of 2001, all Sweet & Maxwell law reports contain paragraph numbers. Each case is also given a unique citation. This takes the form of [2001] L. & T.R 1 for the first case reported in the L. & T.R in 2001. The case are used the reference point for tables of cases and legislation and also for the subject index as appropriate. Tables of contents are still reference to page number.

Nominate reports

Main Article: Nominate reports

Prior to 1865, collections of law reports were published privately by individuals. They were often referred to by the name of the individual reporter, and were subsequently known as nominate reports (but also known as nominative reports, named reports, and private reports).

After law reporting was officially taken over by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR), many of these older cases were republished in the English Reports or the All England Law Reports.

Some of these reports are also available via The Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (Commonlii).

Main individual UK law reports

The following table lists the main law reports in the UK, as well as where they can be found and their associated citation.

Title Coverage Citation Location
All England Law Reports 1936 - All ER LexisLibrary
All England Law Reports Reprints 1558 - 1935 All ER Rep LexisLibrary
Business Law Reports 2007 - Bus LR Westlaw
Criminal Appeal Reports 1967 - Cr. App. R. Westlaw
English Reports 1220 - 1873 ER HeinOnline and Westlaw
Estate Gazette Law Reports 1975 - EGLR LexisLibrary
European Human Rights Reports 1979 - EHRR Westlaw
Human Rights Law Reports (UK) 2000 - HRLR Westlaw
Industrial Relations Law Reports 1972 - IRLR LexisLibrary
Industrial Cases Reports 1972 - ICR ICLR
Public and Third Sector Law Reports 2009 - PTSR ICLR
The Law Reports 1865 - (main article) Westlaw and LexisLibrary
Times Law Reports 1785 - 1985 TLR Times Digital Archive
Times Law Reports 1988 - TLR LexisLibrary
Weekly Law Reports 1953 - WLR ICLR and Westlaw

Main individual EU law reports

The following table lists the main law reports in the EU, as well as where they can be found and their associated citation.

Title Coverage Citation Location
All England Law Reports European Cases 1995 - All ER (EC) LexisLibrary
Common Law Market Reports 1962 - CMLR Westlaw
European Court Reports 1954 - ECR EUR-lex and Westlaw
Official Journal 1998 - ECR EUR-lex

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