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How to use Halsbury's Laws of England

Bogged down with using the print volumes of Halsbury's Laws of England?  The guides below give a step-by-step procedure to working through this encyclopedic work. 


Still cannot trace the case?

Maybe the case was published before 1947, or it may have been tried in another Commonwealth jurisdiction. Try:

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English & Empire Digest
Call Number: PR KF85 E6 E3
Green-band edition.
Contains summaries of cases from all the Commonwealth jurisdictions. The last volumes contain a case index of all the cases referred to in the full set, together with their citations. More recent cases are listed in the front of the Cumulative supplement volume.

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Halsbury's Laws of England
Call Number: PR KF85 H1
ISBN: 9780406047762(set)
5th ed. 2008-
Tables of Cases are contained in the final Index volumes, and more recent cases are listed in the Cumulative supplement and the looseleaf monthly Current service.
Also available in electronic format via

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The English Reports [ER]
Call Number: PR KF53 E6
Check the final two volumes for an index of cases to the full set.
Also available in electronic formats on:
- CD-ROM version also covers reports from 1220-1865.
- Databases: Westlaw and HeinOnline
- Online: CommonLII >> Databases >> English Reports (1220-1873)

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Law Reports. Digest
Call Number: PR KF55 Z1
Includes digest of cases decided by the House of Lords, Privy Council, Superior Courts of Common Law and Equity, Admiralty and Ecclesiastical Courts, Courts for Probate, Divorce, and Matrimonial Causes, and for Crown Cases Reserved, and by the Court of Appeal, the several Divisions of the High Court of Justice, the Chief Judge in Bankruptcy, and the Railway and Canal Commission, together with a digest of the important statutes.
Continued by a regularly updated cumulative index entitled: Law reports. Index.

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Law Reports. Index - The Law Reports Pink Index
Call Number: PR KF55 Z2
These are useful sources for cases reported in several of the major series of reports.
Continues Law reports. Digest


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