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Law reports are where cases are formally published. There are number of different series of law reports, and case may be reported in more than series.
You can access law reports in print or via a law database.
Not all cases are reported in the law reports - the majority of cases are actually unreported, especially if they do not make new law or change existing law.
You may want to download the library's PDF guide to law reports and case law
There are three general series of reports (which are all also available online - see Law Reports in electronic format below). All law reports, unlike the official publication of legislation, are privately published.
There are numerous specialised series of law reports, which cover most subject areas. For example, the Criminal Appeal Reports (Cr.App.R.) and Family Law Reports (F.L.R.).
The following will help you find older cases:
Please note: Some older law reports are kept in the library store and need to be requested in the Library's Help Zone.
Most modern law reports are available electronically through databases. The databases below include many key cases and cover different series of Law Reports. There is no single database which contains all case law and all law reports, so it's a good idea to get familiar with more than one.
You will need your usual Oxford Brookes student/staff number and password to access these databases.
Many law journals publish reports, some of which are the only source for a case report in a particular area of law: