Law reports are located on level 5 of the Library near Archives and Special Collections. The shelves containing law reports have pink signs at the end of each row. These indicate the reports housed in each row. The different series of law reports are arranged alphabetically by series title (i.e. from Administrative Court Digest to World Court Reports).
Use SUPrimo to find which law reports we hold in print:
Key series of law reports available in the Library include:
A number of digests, containing summaries of cases, are held on level 5 of the Library – these can be located via SUPrimo:
Examples of digests include:
Textbooks and encyclopaedic works on particular areas of law will often contain references to and summaries of cases. Books can be located via SUPrimo:
This is the most authoritative series of Scottish reports. Early volumes of Session Cases are cited by a single letter abbreviation of the names of their editors. For example:
5 S 390 (5th volume edited by Shaw page 390)
7 D 346 (7th volume edited by Dunlop page 346)
10 M 120 (10th volume edited by Macpherson page 120)
17 R 931 (17th volume edited by Rettie page 931)
4 F 297 (4th volume edited by Fraser page 297)
You will often be given a year too, but you can find the case without it.
From 1907 onwards this series is cited as SC e.g. 1995 SC 471
Within each volume of Session Cases there are now several separately numbered page sequences. Each page sequence reflects the court in which the case was heard.
SC (PC) - Session Cases (Privy Council)
SC (HL) - Session Cases (House of Lords)
JC - Justiciary Cases
SC - Session Cases
SC (UKSC) - Session Cases (UK Supreme Court)
Remember to make sure you are looking in the correct section!
Sections in Scots Law Times also have distinct abbreviations, e.g.:
SLT - Reports (from superior courts)
SLT (Sh Ct) - Sheriff Court reports
SLT (Land Ct) - Land Court reports
SLT (Land Tr) - Lands Tribual reports
SLT (Lyon) - Lyon Court reports
SLT (News) - News section (contains articles not cases)
SCLR - Scottish Civil Law Reports
SCCR - Scottish Criminal Case Reports
This is the most authoritative series of English reports. The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales Law Reports is comprised of several component parts, each with their individual abbreviation. For example:
AC - Law Reports Appeal Cases
Ch - Law Reports Chancery Division
Fam - Law Reports Family Division
QB - Law Reports Queens Bench Division
In the Andersonian Library these component parts are all shelved under Law Reports in the alphabetical reports sequence then alphabetically by component part.
All ER - All England Law Reports