The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales was established in 1865 by members of the legal profession with the object of “preparation and publication, in a convenient form, at a moderate price, and under gratuitous professional control, of Reports of Judicial Decisions of the Superior and Appellate Courts in England and Wales”
(Memorandum and Articles of Association, 1870)
It is from this that we established our Vision and Values that we live by today.
This is as important today as ever. And explains why we are…
Preferred by judges:
Citation of judgments in court
- When authority is cited, whether in written or oral submissions, the following practice should be followed.
- Where a judgment is reported in the Official Law Reports (A.C., Q.B., Ch.,Fam.) published by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting forEngland and Wales, that report must be cited. These are the most authoritative reports; they contain a summary of the argument. Other series of reports and official transcripts of judgment may only be used when a case is not reported in the Official Law Reports.
- If a judgment is not (or not yet) reported in the Official Law Reports but it is reported in the Weekly Law Reports (W.L.R.) or the All England LawReports (All ER) that report should be cited. If the case is reported in both the W.L.R. and the All ER either report may properly be cited.
- If a judgment is not reported in the Official Law Reports, the W.L.R, or theAll ER, but it is reported in any of the authoritative specialist series of reports which contain a headnote and are made by individuals holding aSenior Courts qualification (for the purposes of section 115 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990), the specialist report should be cited.”
The profession needed to be reminded that the relevant authorities should be copied from the official Law Reports (published by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales), and only if not should reports from the All England Law Reports (“All ER”) or a specialist law report series be included. In addition if a case was reported in volume 1 of the Weekly Law Reports that report should be used in preference to the report in the All ER. British and Irish Legal Information Institute (“BAILII”) judgments (with neutral citation numbers) should only be used if no other recognised reports were available.” – Sir Nicholas Wall P
As well as the official Law Reports, ICLR publishes the Weekly Law Reports, the Industrial Cases Reports, the Business Law Reports, the Public and Third Sector Law Reports and the Consolidated Index to leading law reports.