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English Legal Materials

A guide to researching English cases and statutes, both current and historical.

Case-Finding Tools

Current Case Law - Print

1, Law Reports (1865-) (preferred cite for cases after 1864)

2, All England Law Reports

Current Case Law - Online


WestlawNext has an United Kingdom case law database; coverage begins in 1865, with a few cases going back as far 1220.  To get to this database, from the home page-->International Materials-->United Kingdom-->United Kingdom Cases.  There may be analysis, but not full text, for some cases.  For those cases, use ICLR.

The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting, ICLR is a legal charity, set up in 1865. We publish law reports of the judicial decisions of the Superior and Appellate Courts in England and Wales. Following Lord Woolf's Practice Direction 2001: “For the avoidance of doubt, the ICLR official Law Reports should be cited in preference to any other series. Other series of reports may only be used when a case is not reported in the Law Reports.”