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Law reports

Law reports contain the decisions or judgements of courts on points of law.

Only cases of significant legal interest are reported, for example those which signify a change or development in the law, clarify a difficult principle of law, or interpret legislation.

The Library has many series of law reports (covering England/Wales and other countries), and offers access to the main databases for law reports: Lexis Library and Westlaw-UK.

Legal abbreviations

Most references to cases and journal articles use an abbreviation for the title of the law report or journal. Our Library Search requires the full title, so you will need to find out what the abbreviation stands for.

The Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations is one of the best online sources for legal abbreviations.