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The All England Law Reports provide, in full text, cases heard by the Supreme Court, the Privy Council, both divisions of the Court of Appeal and all divisions of the High Court in a consistent and highly readable style. They cover cases from 1936 to date.
Updated weekly, the archive provides, in full text, cases heard by the Supreme Court, the Privy Council, both divisions of the Court of Appeal and all divisions of the High Court in a consistent and highly readable style.
Easy to use
The headnotes are drafted to give you a clear and succinct summary of the material facts and the principle of law applied by the court in reaching its decision (the holding). They include the following features:
- Title: Our in‐house editors ensure that the case is given the correct title (in accordance with strict house style rules) so that it is easy for you to relate the case to previous decisions (if the case has been heard before).
- Catchwords: These give you a thumb‐nail sketch of the issue decided in the particular case, thus indicating at a glance whether or not the case is likely to be relevant to the question on which you are seeking authority. They also contain a reference to the statutory material that is at issue, or is being interpreted, in the case.
- Notes: This section includes cross‐references to relevant passages of works of authority (e.g. Halsbury's Laws, Halsbury's Statutes, Simon's Taxes, Yellow and Orange Tax Handbooks) where you can find further information about the point of law at issue in the case. The notes also, where appropriate, indicate any subsequent amendment, repeal or re‐enactment of the statutory provisions on which the case turns.
- Case Lists: The case list is an alphabetically sorted list of cases referred to by the judge(s) in the judgment. The name of each case listed, and the citations for that case, are checked for accuracy and are consistent across the publication, making it easier for you to research similar areas of the law. The subsequent history of each case in the case list is also indicated so that you get the full picture at a glance.
The index allows you to find cases on a particular topic very quickly. The subject index is set out alphabetically in a sequence of logically arranged headings according to the subject matter of the cases referred to, the object being to group together all the cases on the same or related subjects. It is made up of the catchwords which appear at the top of the law reports. In order to find cases on a particular topic, all you have to do is to refer to the appropriate heading in the index.
Easy to take to court
PDFs of the case reports are available for download from LexisLibrary, allowing you to have versions of the cases that you can use in court, as per the judges’ requirement.
Specialist series available
The All England Law Reports publishes a specialist series on Commercial Cases and European Cases, available as a separate subscription product.
Available in print or online
The All England Law Reports are available in print and online, on LexisLibrary.