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What is Case Law?
Together with statute law, case law is a primary source of law. It is a key feature of the common law system and researching case law is an important part of the legal research process.
Case law is law based on the reported decisions of judges in cases that come before them. In their decisions the judges will give the relevant facts of the case and the legal reasoning that applied in coming to their decision.
In each jurisdiction one law report series is designated “authorised” . (Called authorised because they have been reviewed and approved by a judge of the respective court).
Under common law, there is a hierarchy of authority in judgements. Those made in superior courts form precedents and inferior courts must follow these precedents, so the reported decisions of judges in cases form an important part of the law.
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Incorporated Council of Law Reporting
Online platform including ICLR's Law Reports and Weekly Law Reports covering case law from the Superior and Appellate Courts in England and Wales. The platform also includes: case summaries, a citator service, access to legislation, and individual profiles, in order to manage complex research
Includes an analysis of UK cases. This database can also be used to locate UK legislation and some journals
Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Includes UK, US, European, Hong Kong, Canadian, and international materials
Lexis Advance - US and other jurisdictions
Includes All England Law Reports (IN England & Wales Cases, Combined) and other jurisdictions worldwide
English Reports (1220-1873)
Online & On the shelf. Republication of the Nominate Reports
British and Irish Legal Information Institute
60 Commonwealth and common law jurisdictions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Caribbean, Oceania)
Categories > Courts & Case Law
See links to other LII sites at the bottom of the page
Free international case citator via AustLII