English Reports

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A few volumes of the English Reports at a law library

The English Reports are a reprint of nominate reports of judgments of the English Courts reported between 1220 and 1866. They contain most, but not all, of the nominate reports.[1]

They were published in 178 volumes from 1900[2] to 1932[3] by Stevens & Sons in London and by William Green & Sons in Edinburgh.

They are cited using the abbreviation E.R., for example: Planche v. Colburn (1831) 172 E.R. 876.

Index chart[edit]

There is an index chart, supplied with the reports, which states where each volume of the nominate reports is to be found in the English Reports.[4] This chart is incomplete, because it indexes each of the nominate reports under a single title, though many of those reports were known by a number of titles or by a number of abbreviations of their title.[5] A full chart is now published by Professional Books.

Series[edit]

Volumes Series Period covered[6]
1 to 11 House of Lords 1694 to 1866
12 to 20 Privy Council (includes Indian Appeals) 1809 to 1865[7]
21 to 47 Court of Chancery (includes Collateral Reports) 1557 to 1865[8]
48 to 55 Rolls Court 1829 to 1865[9]
56 to 71 Vice-Chancellors' Courts 1815 to 1865
72 to 122 Court of King's Bench (or Queen's Bench) 1378 to 1865[10]
123 to 144 Court of Common Pleas 1486 to 1865
145 to 160 Court of Exchequer 1220 to 1865
161 to 167 Ecclesiastical 1752 to 1857
ditto. Admiralty 1776 to 1840
ditto. Probate and Divorce 1858 to 1865
168 and 169 Court for Crown Cases Reserved 1743 to 1865[11]
170 to 176 Nisi Prius 1688 to 1867
177 and 178 Index of Cases N/A

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • W. T. S. Daniel, History of the Origin of the Law Reports (London, 1884)
  • Index Chart issued for the English Reports, 1930, Stevens & Sons Ltd. (London), W. Green & Son, Ltd. (Edinburgh)
  • O. Hood Phillips, A First Book of English Law, 4th ed, 1960, Sweet and Maxwell

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glanville Williams, Learning the Law, 11th Edition, 1982, Stevens, p.34; 13th Edition, 2006, Sweet and Maxwell, p.36 (less clear)
  2. ^ The English Reports. Volume 1.
  3. ^ The English Reports. Volume 178.
  4. ^ Index Chart issued for the English Reports, 1930, Stevens & Sons Ltd. (London), W. Green & Son, Ltd. (Edinburgh)
  5. ^ Glanville Williams, op. cit.
  6. ^ These dates are taken from the Index Chart, p.3
  7. ^ Phillips gives 1872
  8. ^ Phillips gives 1866
  9. ^ Phillips gives 1866
  10. ^ Phillips gives 1379
  11. ^ Phillips gives 1746

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