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Tips for searching a Case Name but no Citation

If you only have a case name you must first trace its citation before you will be able to find the report. 

These sources contain lists of case names in alphabetical order, either with their citations, or with a reference to the main work, which if followed up will also show the citations.


Alternative References

An important case may be reported in several places, and there will be a different citation for each location.

The amount of detail reported will vary depending on the nature of the publication, from the fullest report in The Law Reports, to a brief case note in a professional journal. Current Law Case Citator is a valuable source of citations.

Justcite is a legal search engine and citator service that cross-references case law, legislation and journal articles from UK, Irish, EU, and international sources. JustCite indexes content from all major legal publishers including Justis,, Oxford University Press, HeinOnline (journals only), and more. If the library subscribes to the material online, JustCite will also link to the full text.


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Next check the meaning of the abbreviation in,

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Index to Legal Citations & Abbreviations - Raistrick, Donald.
Call Number: R K112 R15
ISBN: 184703604X
3rd ed. 2008

See if the set referred to is in the Law Library. If not then you will need to see if the case has been reported elsewhere.


Sources to find a citation

Use the following sources to trace cases and locate where they have been reported:

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Current Law Case Citator
Call Number: PR KF85 C94
It is part of the useful current awareness tool much used by lawyers, called Current Law Monthly Digest PR KF85 C93. The most recent citator lists are included in the monthly parts of Current Law. You need only check the latest as they are cumulative for the current year. If the case has been reported in more than one series of law reports, all the citations are given, so this is a useful source of alternative citations.

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Halsbury's Laws of England - (Case Index)
Call Number: PR KF85 H1
ISBN: 9780406047762(set)
5th ed. 2008-
Also available in electronic format via

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English & Empire Digest
Call Number: PR KF85 E6 E3
Green-band ed. 1971-

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Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Searches abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States, including those covering international and comparative law. Indexed by publication title or abbreviation. The database mainly covers law reports and law periodicals, but some legislative publications and major textbooks are also included.


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