1. If necessary, use the Cardiff Index (link on the left) to find the full name of the court or the law reports series.
Example:  EWHC 3395 (QB);  R.T.R. 1
The Cardiff Index clarifies that this case was heard in the England & Wales High Court, Queen's Bench Division, and was reported in Road traffic reports.
2. If you have the title of the law reports series, search in the Library catalogue, or on LexisLibrary or Westlaw.
Example: Criminal appeal reports
Library catalogue - use a Title or Journal search - we have 1908 onwards in the BJL (but only in printed form);
LexisLibrary - choose Cases > Browse to get an A-Z list - in this case, LexisLibrary has the title Criminal appeal cases, which has very selective reports from 1987-2001 only;
Westlaw - choose Cases > Law Reports and Transcripts to get an A-Z list and click on the title - Westlaw has 1975 onwards
3. If you have only the name of the court, search on LexisLibrary or Westlaw using the abbreviated citation.
Example:  EWHC 1486 (Ch)
LexisLibrary - choose Cases and enter citation in the Citation box (no need to enter any punctuation) - the search will retrieve the official transcript and also any references to law reports series (in this case, Family court reports);
Westlaw - choose Cases and enter the citation in the Citation box - the search will retrieve the official transcript and also any references to law reports series (in this case, Family court reports and Family law reports).
1. Access LexisLibrary (link on the left) and enter the parties in the Case Name boxes in the Quick Find section of the Home page.
2. Access Westlaw (link on the left), click on Cases and enter the parties in the Party Names box.
Example: Cox v Jones (a 2004 case) - either of the above will find the official transcript as well as references to other law reports series.
OR - if you can't find the case in either LexisLibrary or Westlaw -
3. Try one of the printed sources - see the next page in this Guide.
1. For details of the case history, cases referring to the case, and cases considered by the case:
2. For details of any journal articles which mention the case, you need to find the case on Westlaw and choose the Case Analysis link to display the analysis. Look for the Journal Articles link (if there isn't one, then Westlaw has not indexed any articles which refer to the case).
1. Many series of older law reports covering cases from the Middle Ages to around 1865 have been reprinted in the English reports. This series is available via Westlaw, and also via the English Reports Library on HeinOnline.
2. If a very recent case is not yet listed on Lexis or Westlaw, you could try one of the following sources:
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