Sources of Legal Information Cases
If this is the answer?.. 2.5% SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010
What is the question?... <ul><li>'How many cases are reported?' </li></ul><ul><li>Distinction between  published  cases an...
A little bit of knowledge <ul><li>User might ask for cases by the names of the people involved- the  parties </li></ul><ul...
Finding cases online: BAILII <ul><li>You can search  BAILII  (http://www.bailii.org/)  both by case name and by neutral ci...
Finding cases in print <ul><li>If you have access to printed reports, you can use the proprietary citation to find them </...
Information on courts <ul><li>The following sites give useful background information on judges, courts and tribunals </li>...
Sources of Legal Information European Information
EU law: EUR-Lex and BAILII <ul><li>EUR-Lex  (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/index.htm) gives access to EU legislation and cas...
EU law: Cases <ul><li>As with English cases, you can  search EUR-Lex  by party names; you can also search by case number <...
EU law: Legislation <ul><li>You can search  EUR-lex for EU legislation  by number or keyword </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. 77...
The European Court of Human Rights <ul><li>The  European Court of Human Rights   (http://www.echr.coe.int/echr/Homepage_EN...
The European Court of Human Rights <ul><li>BAILII also carries ECHR cases </li></ul>SINTO legal information session 08/04/...
Summary <ul><li>BAILII is your main source for cases, both UK and European </li></ul><ul><li>EUR-Lex is your main source f...
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Sources of legal information - Peter Smith

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A presentation from the Legal Information training day held by SINTO on 8th April 2010.

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Sources of legal information - Peter Smith

  1. 1. Sources of Legal Information Cases
  2. 2. If this is the answer?.. 2.5% SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010
  3. 3. What is the question?... <ul><li>'How many cases are reported?' </li></ul><ul><li>Distinction between published cases and reported cases. For our purposes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>published = appears on the web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reported = appears in a law report series </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most cases are neither published nor reported </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cases from High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Tribunals are published; some of these cases are reported </li></ul></ul>SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010
  4. 4. A little bit of knowledge <ul><li>User might ask for cases by the names of the people involved- the parties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. R v Chambers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Donoghue v Stevenson </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They might have a citation- a way of naming cases and reports </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. [2008] EWCA Crim 2467; this is a neutral citation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. [1932] AC 562; this is a proprietary citation </li></ul></ul>SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010
  5. 5. Finding cases online: BAILII <ul><li>You can search BAILII (http://www.bailii.org/) both by case name and by neutral citation </li></ul><ul><li>You can limit your search in various ways- helpful where there may be more than one case with the same name </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. you can search a particular court, if you know which court heard the case </li></ul></ul>SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010
  6. 6. Finding cases in print <ul><li>If you have access to printed reports, you can use the proprietary citation to find them </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. [1932] AC 562 is Donoghue v Stevenson . The citation means it is in the Appeal Cases volume for 1932, starting at page 562 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations (http://www.legalabbrevs.cardiff.ac.uk/) will help make sense of citations </li></ul></ul>SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010
  7. 7. Information on courts <ul><li>The following sites give useful background information on judges, courts and tribunals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.judiciary.gov.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.supremecourt.gov.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.tribunals.gov.uk/ </li></ul></ul>SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010
  8. 8. Sources of Legal Information European Information
  9. 9. EU law: EUR-Lex and BAILII <ul><li>EUR-Lex (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/index.htm) gives access to EU legislation and cases </li></ul><ul><li>BAILII gives access to European Court ofJustice decisions (http://www.bailii.org/eu/cases/EUECJ/) </li></ul>SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010
  10. 10. EU law: Cases <ul><li>As with English cases, you can search EUR-Lex by party names; you can also search by case number </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Lancôme v OHIM and CMS Hasche Sigle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. C-408/08 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On BAILII you can search or browse by party names (Title) or browse by year </li></ul>SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010
  11. 11. EU law: Legislation <ul><li>You can search EUR-lex for EU legislation by number or keyword </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. 771/2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. 'fruit juice' </li></ul></ul>SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010
  12. 12. The European Court of Human Rights <ul><li>The European Court of Human Rights (http://www.echr.coe.int/echr/Homepage_EN) is not part of the EU. It is a body of the Council of Europe </li></ul><ul><li>The HUDOC database allows you to search for case reports </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can search by 'Case title', that is the party names </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Saunders v the United Kingdom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If known, you can search by application number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. 19187/91 </li></ul></ul></ul>SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010
  13. 13. The European Court of Human Rights <ul><li>BAILII also carries ECHR cases </li></ul>SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010
  14. 14. Summary <ul><li>BAILII is your main source for cases, both UK and European </li></ul><ul><li>EUR-Lex is your main source for EU legislation </li></ul>SINTO legal information session 08/04/2010

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