English Cases Timeline

Prior to 1865, there was no official series of law reports. Even today, the UK government does not publish an official reporter.  However, both its Courts and the Bluebook suggest citing to the English Reports for pre-1865 cases whenever possible.  After 1865, cite to the official Law Reports.  Other reporters, such as the Weekly Law Reports and the All England Law Reports, may be used if a case has not been reported in the Law Reports.



Where to Find Reporter

1066 – 1199

Placita Anglo-Normannica: English Law Suits from William I to Richard I

Morris Call Number: KD 578 .P53 1970HeinOnline


Bracton’s Note Book

Morris Call Number: KD 190 1217

1268 – 1292

Earliest English Law Reports

Morris Call Number: KD 532 .A73 P83

1272 – 1535

The Year Books

Morris Call Number: KD 194 1307 and Online Siepp’s Abridgement

Various Years

Selden Society Publications

HeinOnline (external link), Morris (search for “Selden Society” as the author)

1378 – 1865

English Reports, Full Reprint

Morris Call Number KD270 1220 E53, Hein Online (external link), CommonLII (external link), LLMC Digital (external link), WestlawNext (external link).

1558 – 1935

All England Law Reports, Reprint (very selective)

Morris Call Number: KD 288 .A6, Lexis Advance (external link)

1785 – 1866

Revised Reports

Morris Call Number: RB R32, Hein Online (external link)

1813 - 1865

English Common Law Reports

Morris Call Number: RB En41

1865 – present

The Law Reports
(Divided into Courts - Queen’s Bench (QB), Chancery (Ch) and Family (Fam) Divisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal, references to the European Court of Justice, and Appeal Cases (AC) heard in the UK Supreme Court and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.)

Morris Call Numbers: KD 275 et seq. Online via the ICLR Online Library, ICLR Online Library.

1843 (1859) – 1947

Law Times Reports (merged with the All England Reports)

Morris Call Number: RB L44, Lexis Advance > International > England and Wales (link is external)

1947 – present

All England Law Reports

Morris Call Number: KD288 .A64, Lexis Advance > International > England and Wales(link is external)

1953 – present

Weekly Law Reports

Morris Call Number: KD 282 , ICLR Online.

Updated Date: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018