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A full text online legal library of UK, Irish, EU and international case law, legislation and parliamentary information back to 1163.

  • Case law: From State Trials dating back to 1163, to the latest judgments from the Court of Appeal

  • Legislation: Holds the most comprehensive body of as-enacted legislation available online including Acts from 1235, statutory instruments from 1671 and local and private acts from 1797.

  • Dating as far back as 1163, the legal library provides the most up-to-date case law, legislation and EU information. This Datbase offers you case law as printable PDF by replicating the pagination of the hard copies exactly. Now in a simple, easy-to-use format, PDFs are invaluable for use in court.

    Our user-friendly, innovative search facility provides quick and easy access to regularly-updated full text archives of key UK and European case law and legislation. Titles are available in any combination, so you need only subscribe to the titles you require.

    UK Primary Case Law

    The case series included here represent the most authoritative reports in UK law. Starting in 1163, the selection below shows that the critical bases are covered when you conduct your initial search for case precedent.

    Fully searchable and with an intuitive interface, almost all of this full-text material is available in printable PDF format. Replicating the pagination of the original print books, these PDF printouts can be used in court, saving valuable man-hours that you and your colleagues might otherwise have spent at the photocopier and dusty bookshelf.

    England and Wales Civil Appeal Judgments, Combined Package(1852 - present) Combined contents of civil judgments from the High Court, Court of Appeal (Civil Division), House of Lords/Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

    Over 100 new cases added every week to a huge collection, including numerous important unreported precedents.

    Going back several decades further than the closest competition, the England and Wales Civil Appeal Judgments is the largest and most easily searchable repository of Court of Appeal decisions, along with decisions from the High Court from 1996, and the House of Lords/UK Supreme Court from 1852.

    While most precedents are reported in law reports, a significant number are not, and the selection process for reporting cases can be highly subjective. Furthermore, reported cases take time to be published, and many cases with facts that most closely match yours can be omitted from the major series.

    Providing a wealth of browsable full-text material, these series address these issues. Along with a new route to popular material, they make available tens of thousands of otherwise hard-to-find cases.

    England and Wales Criminal Appeal Judgments, Combined Package (1852 - 1989; 1993 - present) Combined contents of criminal judgments from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), House of Lords/Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

    Over 60 new cases added every week to a huge collection, including numerous important unreported precedents

    Like its civil counterpart, the England and Wales Criminal Appeal Judgments is the largest and most easily searchable repository of Court of Appeal (and other courts) decisions, its archive from 1963 to 1989.

    While most precedents are reported in law reports, a significant number are not, and the selection process for reporting cases can be highly subjective. Furthermore, reported cases take time to be published, and many cases with facts that most closely match yours can be omitted from the major series.

    Electronic Session Cases (1873 - present; 1821 - 1872) Scotland’s most authoritative series of law reports. The series is split into an archive and a more recent collection.

    Session Cases takes precedence over all other case-law series in Scotland. The current series of Session Cases offers all decisions reported in full, checked and revised by presiding judges before publication, from all the key appellate decisions, civil and criminal, from Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary in Scotland.

    In addition, selected cases decided at first instance and all decisions on Scottish appeals to the Privy Council, the House of Lords / the new Supreme Court are included.

    The database also includes Fraser’s Court of Session Cases from 1898 to 1905, and Rettie’s Session Cases from 1873 to 1897, Macpherson's from 1862 to 1872, Dunlop's from 1838 to 1861 and Shaw's from 1821 to 1837.

    English Reports (1220 - 1873) An invaluable archive of authoritative early law reports.

    The English Reports is the oldest collection of the most authoritative, comprehensive law reports in publication. Over 100,000 of the most important cases reported compiled into one collection, the English Reports is an essential resource for all Commonwealth barristers and solicitors.

    The English Reports database is fully searchable and can be searched simultaneously with other titles. The interface is very easy to use and enables the rapid retrieval of a specific report simply by entering its reference. All commonly used reference formats are recognised along with variations.

    State Trials (1163 - 1858) An invaluable archive of authoritative early law reports.

    Over seven centuries of higher criminal jurisprudence covering English trials relating to offences against the State or trials illustrative of the law relating to State Officers, e.g. Ministers or Governors of Colonies. A wide variety of cases is covered, predominantly high treason but also bigamy, sedition, seditious libel, murder involving high-ranking officials or peers, riot, piracy, witchcraft, bribery and corruption. It comprises two of the most authoritative series of State Trials, Howell’s/Cobbett’s State Trials (1163-1822) and the New Series (Macdonell’s) (1822-1858), as well as additional material sourced from National Collections and the English (Nominate) Reports.

    The Times Law Reports (1990 - present) All cases published in The Times newspaper since 1990.

    The Times Law Reports contains the full text of every case report in The Times newspaper since 1990. The cases cover every branch of law and come from a wide range of jurisdictions, including the UK courts, the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Communities and the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

    Over 800 cases are compiled and edited by fully-qualified barristers each year. As a result, law reports from The Times are universally acknowledged for use as precedents in court. Each case has catchwords added and all citations are cross-checked and linked where possible.

    UK Specialist Case Law

    The subscription model allows customers to pick and choose with far more flexibility than the competition. So if you’re a tax specialist, for example, you can subscribe to the CCH Tax Cases, perhaps along with a selection of Primary Cases. Given the diversity of our offering, the chances are that your initial search will return relevant cases from some of the titles below if they’re not covered elsewhere.

    CCH Tax Cases (1875 - present) The most comprehensive and authoritative series covering British tax law.

    CCH Tax Cases includes 3 of the leading series of law reports dedicated to tax law in the United Kingdom.

    CCH British Tax Cases is the reproduction of the full text judgments reported during the tax year in cases heard in the various courts, each with a headnote outlining the facts, the decision and the reasons for the decision.

    This includes:

    CCH British Value Added Tax Cases (1973 - present). A collection of decisions of the VAT & Duties Tribunals which deals with appeals arising from decisions of HM Customs & Excise and also matters relating to certain decisions of the Financial Services Authority.

    CCH Special Commissioners' Decisions (1995 - present).

    All three series are fully cross-referenced and can be searched together with other subscription titles such as The Law Reports and The Weekly Law Reports.

    Commercial Law Cases (1994 - present) An authoritative series of full law reports covering commercial law in England and Wales.

    With nearly 100 new and carefully selected cases a year, the Commercial Law Cases database contains full law reports from the higher courts that have been chosen for their usefulness in advising commercial clients. Benefitting from detailed headnotes, the series covers the broad areas of commercial and company law.

    Immigration Appeal Reports (1972 - present) Over 2,000 authoritative and diverse cases from a growing area of specialist law. Intuitively searchable on the platform, the Immigration Appeal Reports provides a wealth of full-text material for practitioners and academics in the UK and beyond.

    Incorporating into the higher English courts the application of European Union law and the European Convention on Human Rights, along with all manner of domestic legislation, the precedent offered by this series can be used by immigration lawyers and those of a number of closely related areas of law.

    UK Legislation

    The Database houses an ever-growing and comprehensive list of Acts and Statutory Instruments from the UK and its component parts, along with UK-wide Bills, all of which can be searched simultaneously. With coverage going back eight centuries and an unrivalled search interface, it holds the entire legislative history of Britain from 1235, including repealed Acts, as well as all Acts from the 1999 inception of the Scottish Parliament.

    UK Local Acts (1797 - present) All as-enacted, full-text local legislation, incorporating a growing collection of private and personal

    Legislation. A complete and fully searchable database of all as-enacted, full-text local legislation, incorporating a growing collection of private and personal legislation.

    The series contains a diverse collection of full-text, as-enacted material on land, public access and all manner of local issues that afford unique benefits or powers not available under general law. It can be used in the specific jurisdiction over which each act has authority or provide guidance or inspiration elsewhere.

    Fully and intuitively searchable in isolation or alongside other series to which you subscribe, it will also be indexed on JustCite, allowing you to see how the various pieces of legislation it contains have been put to use in court.

    UK Statutes (1235 - present) All Acts of Parliament, covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from medieval times to the present day - as enacted, including repealed legislation.

    The UK Statutes database contains the full text of all Acts of Parliament in England, Wales and Scotland as enacted, from 1235 to the present day. UK Statutes is the only statute-law database to contain Scottish Acts of Parliament and repealed legislation.

    UK Statutory Instruments (1671 - present) The only complete electronic archive of secondary legislation covering England, Scotland and Wales from the 17th Century to the present day.

    Over 2,500 Statutory Instruments (SIs) are issued each year, adding to the tens of thousands that already exist. Compliance with the measures they establish is a key requirement for any organisation in the UK. SIs set out detailed provisions under the authority of the enabling Acts of Parliament for “fine tuning” of legislation. With the UK Statutory Instruments database you can keep up with these important changes.

    UK Parliamentary Information

    Parliament (1979 - present) A vast index to the proceedings and publications of the Houses of Parliament.

    A three million record-strong index to the proceedings and publications of the Houses of Parliament, and the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies, Parliament is the most intuitive, user-friendly way to search for Parliamentary material from the UK legislatures; while its comprehensive hyperlinks provide the simplest umbrella route into the related full-text databases, such as Hansard.

    Parliament allows searches in these areas: Parliamentary questions, Debates, Bills going through Parliament, Select Committees and Debates.

    Irish Law

    Irish Reports & Digests (1838 - present) The only way to access an electronic archive of Irish case law spanning more than 175 years.

    The Irish Reports database contains the full text of case reports from 1838 to the present day.

    The reports are compiled by practising barristers and are cited authoritatively in courts and tribunals in Ireland. Each report includes catchwords and a headnote, which summarises the judgments.

    Irish Cases and Legislation (1999 - present) A fully searchable database of full-text case law from the Republic of Ireland.

    Perfectly complementing our Irish Reports & Digests, this database contains the most comprehensive collection of recent case law in Ireland. We provide a digested, editorially-enhanced version, which is also fully marked up and indexed on the JustCite citator.

    Over 18,000 Irish statutes, along with 9,000 recent SIs, which is fast establishing itself as the database of choice for Irish case law and legislation.

    On this intuitive platform, searching can be confined to specific Irish series, Irish material more generally or combined with other series on the database, broadening the scope of your query.

    European Law

    CELEX (1951 - present) The official legal database of the European Union. The CELEX (Communitatis Europeae Lex) database, compiled and operated by the European Commission through the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (EUR-OP), is a documentation system for European Union law that is used by all EU institutions.

    The information contained in CELEX is drawn from each of the principal institutions of the European Union: the Commission, Council, Parliament and Court of Justice, making it the foundation of all the databases derived from the activities of the European Union.

    When created in 1967, CELEX was solely for the use of European Commission employees. Today, hundreds of thousands of lawyers, librarians, civil servants, academics and businesses worldwide rely on CELEX data to monitor developments in EU legislation.

    Since 1987 Publishing has produced the CELEX database, taking original full-text data from the European Commission, and adding unique features and greatly enhancing its usability. CELEX has dramatically simplified research into European Community law.

    As well as forming an essential reference for the legal practitioner, CELEX is an invaluable tool for businesses looking to make the most of opportunities in Europe.

    The data also includes links to UK implementation measures and related Statutory Instruments, which allow subscribers to UK Statutory Instruments to view the full text of the relevant SIs.

    Human Rights (Case Law: 1960 - present; Legislation: 1950 - present) An important source of UK and European human rights case law and legislation.

    The Legislation database contains European Human Rights Conventions including any relevant Protocols.

    Human Rights became available in June 2000, several months prior to the implementation of the Human Rights Act in October 2000, giving effect to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in UK law.

    Official Journal C Series (1999 - present) European Union information and notices. Contains documents from the C Series of the Official Journal of the European Union, with the full text of proposed legislation (known as COM DOCs), along with written questions and their answers from the European Parliament, notices of new treaties and details of competition law.

    Caribbean Law

    Bermuda Law Reports (1986 - present) A complete, searchable archive from the UK’s oldest self-governing colony.

    The Bermuda Law Reports are the official law reports for Bermuda, comprising considered judgments of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal for this important common law jurisdiction. The series also contains comprehensive transcripts of all judgments from 2013 onwards, which are updated weekly.

    Bermuda Judgments (2013 - present) A selection of judgments from Bermuda’s Court of Appeal and Supreme Court

    Cayman Islands Law Reports (1952 - present) Nearly 2,000 Reports and Notes from the higher civil and criminal courts of the Cayman Islands.

    The Cayman Islands Law Reports contain cases and notes from the Cayman Islands and other related jurisdictions as far back as 1923. This collection brings together the most important jurisprudence from the Grand Court and the Court of Appeal, providing a vital repository for practitioners and librarians in the Cayman Islands and other offshore territories.

    Cayman Islands Judgments (1989 - present) A collection of unreported judgments from the Grand Court and Cayman Islands Court of Appeal.

    Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Judgments (2003 - present) A comprehensive series of judgments from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court covering 9 different jurisdictions.

    The most up-to-date repository of such information, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Judgments is a vital collection of case law for practitioners and librarians in the Eastern Caribbean and the Caribbean region at large.

    BVI Cases (1994 - present) Hundreds of judgments from the higher civil and criminal courts of the British Virgin Islands.

    The BVI Cases are a vital repository for practitioners and librarians in the British Virgin Islands, other offshore territories and the Caribbean region at large.

    The series also widens the net for those interested in finding persuasive precedent in topics such as shareholder disputes, contractual issues, fraud, asset recovery, tracing claims, insolvency and many of the other legal areas one would find in similar jurisdictions.

    Jamaican Cases (1999 - present) Nearly 2,000 judgments from Jamaica’s Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Revenue Court.

    The Jamaican Cases are a vital repository for practitioners and librarians in Jamaica and the Caribbean at large.

    The series also widens the net for those interested in finding persuasive precedent in topics including crime, banking, shipping, communications, civil procedure, insurance, contract law, family law and many of the other legal areas one would find in any common law jurisdiction.

    International & Commonwealth Law

    Aspinall’s Maritime Cases (1870 - 1940) A valuable series of case reports of British, Irish and international maritime law. The reports include full-text cases from numerous courts outside the UK and Ireland, alongside many domestic cases, and will be a boon to researchers of international, maritime, and general trade and commercial law.

    Subject coverage includes abandonment, arbitration, bankruptcy, carriage of goods and passengers, conflict of laws, enemy ships, loss, insurance, negligence, perils of the sea, personal injury, sale of goods, salvage, war, and a host of similar topics.

    International Law Reports (1919 - present) The first comprehensive series of electronic case reports of public international law.

    International Law Reports is the only publication in the world wholly devoted to the regular and systematic reporting in English of decisions of international courts and arbitrators as well as judgments of national courts. The Database will provide the first searchable, electronic platform for this material.

    The collection spans from the post-war Treaty of Versailles era to a cyberspace-influenced twenty-first century, featuring an enormously diverse range of topics along the way.

    Jersey Law Reports (1969 - Present) An authoritative and definitive series of general law reports from Jersey.

    The Jersey Law Reports contain headnotes and judgments from Jersey’s Royal Court and its appeal courts from 1985 onwards. Concerned with matters of lasting legal importance and selected for additional editing, research and indexing. With around 30 new and carefully chosen cases a year, the Jersey Law Reports are exclusive to worldwide outside of the Channel Islands. Also indexed on JustCite, they will be of interest to all practitioners concerned with the areas of commerce and crime associated with Jersey and other offshore territories. But they also carry unique content on more universal areas of law.

    Singapore Law Reports (1965 - present) A worldwide first in online access to the Reissue Version of nearly 50 years of Singapore law.

    The Singapore Law Reports are an integral part of legal practice and scholarship in Singapore, and a mine of useful precedent for practitioners and academics in other jurisdictions.

    The series reports on a fortnightly basis all legally significant cases heard in the Singapore Court of Appeal and High Court, and by the Constitutional Tribunal, with cases selected for publication by the Council of Law Reporting chaired by the Honourable Judge of Appeal Andrew Phang Boon Leong.

    The database includes a reissue from 1965 to 2009, with new headnotes and catchwords. Though the earlier version of this archive can still be cited, a 2009 direction of Singapore’s Supreme Court requires that this Reissue Version is cited in preference.

    Also provided as part of our Singapore package are the Singapore Academy of Law Journal and the Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review.

    As a first outside Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, the series’ content - past and present - is provided by worldwide, and no other versions of the Reports are available elsewhere.

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