Finding English Cases

Finding English Cases

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(link is external). 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. See a full timeline with hyperlinks to the resources here.

Case reporters

Historical reporters

Current reporters

Case Finding

  • Halsbury’s Laws of England. An authoritative encyclopedia of law in England and Wales with 52 main volumes arranged by subject, several indexes, and updating services; it is particularly useful to find the most important cases, legislation, and commentary in a particular area of law. The major English legal Encyclopedia - it covers all areas of English law and is a useful starting point for virtually any research project. Halsbury’s Laws includes a consolidated index. This index will refer you to a volume and paragraph number. Halsbury’s Laws includes a consolidated index. This index will refer you to a volume and paragraph number. Halsbury’s contains many citations to cases. Morris Call Number:  KD310 .H34, Halsbury’s Laws of England Online.
  • The Digest, summarizes 400,000 cases and organizes them topically. It can be searched by case name or it can be searched for cases revolving around a particular topic. Please note that the Digest index can be difficult to use. Morris Call Number: KD296 .E5.

Citators

  • Current Law Citators (Case, Legislation, Yearbook). 1947-date. Case citator Morris Call Number: KD 296 .C84.
  • LawCite is an international case citator. The LawCite database is generated on an entirely automatic basis with no editorial input and includes a fairly complete collection of all common law cases cited in the past decade plus most of the important uncited decisions before this. Please note that this is an Alpha Version. It is still being built and refined and is being released for public comment only. LawCite(link is external)
Updated Date: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018