Leeds University Library

Law reports and legislation

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.


Legislation refers to a country's laws, and also the process of creating law. In the UK, legislation incorporates:

Statutes and Acts of Parliament


Statutory Instruments

Command Papers and Law Commission papers and reports

For more information on legislation, see Government documents and official publications

Legal abbreviations

Most references to cases and journal articles use an abbreviation for the title of the law report or journal. You will need the full title to check Search@Library to see if we hold that journal or law report.

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