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UK Jurisprudence

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The Law Library currently receives three series of UK law reports. They are:

i. The All England Law Reports (SLR 4-30)


The All England Law Reports has its own indexing system, namely the Consolidated Tables and Index and the Current Tables and Index.

ii. The Law Reports (SLR 4-32)


The official set of law reports published by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales. The Law Reports have an elaborate indexing system.  Since 1951, they have published not only a revised index every 10 years, but also indexes published every trimester which allow you to locate decisions based on the style of cause or by the subject of the decision.


N.B. These reports not only index decisions published in the The Law Reports but also judgments indexed in other law reports including The All England Law Reports and Lloyd’s Law Reports.



iii.         The Weekly Law Reports (SLR 4-34)

Also published by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales, these reports are published in four volumes - Volumes 1a and 1b contain the cases which do not merit inclusion in The Law Reports, while Volumes 2 (January to June) and 3 (July to December) cover the cases which will subsequently be published in The Law Reports together with a note of counsel's argument. This series of reports helps to keep you up-to-date with cases heard in the Superior and Appellate Courts.


 2.1 Online sources for U.K. jurisprudence[1]

FREE BAILII contains an easily searchable and growing number of case law databases,

FREE House of Lords judgments are available on the web from 1996, and within 2 hours of the decision.

FREE Her Majesty's Court Service (HMCS) contains a database of selected recent judgments from the Court of Appeal and the High Court.

$ Subscription-based LexisNexis Quicklaw contains The Law Reports of England and Wales 1865- and the All England Law Reports Reprints 1558-. It also includes unreported cases from England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland (various coverage). 

$ Subscription-based WestlaweCarswell contains The Law Reports 1865- [Database Identifier: LAW-RPTS] and several other series as well, including Weekly Law Reports [Database Identifier: WLR-RPTS] and Criminal Appeal Reports [Database Identifier: CRA-RPTS]

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[1] Excerpted & revised from Sarah Carter’s A Guide to the UK Legal System (November 2005), online: <http://www.nyulawglobal.org/globalex/United_Kingdom.htm#caselaw>.



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