Citations to law reports and cases are almost always given in abbreviated form. In order to understand what the abbreviations mean, you may need to consult one of the following:
Online: Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations - see link on left
Print: Raistrick, Donald. Index to legal citations and abbreviations. 2nd ed. Bowker Saur, 1993.
Shelved on BJL 2nd floor at K 20 R1 (second copy kept at BJL Service Desk on the Ground Floor)
Most law report citations follow the same pattern, as in the example below:
Example: Judd v Brown  2 FLR 360
|Judd v Brown||||2||FLR||360|
|Parties involved||Date of case||Volume number||Report series||Page number|
In 2001 (updated in 2002) a new method of case citation was introduced for most of the higher courts in England and Wales.
Example: Avis v Turner  EWCA Civ 748
|Avis v Turner||||EWCA Civ||327|
|Case name||Year of judgement||Court abbreviation||Case number|
Often, the neutral citation will be followed by a reference to one or more law reports series.
Example: GW v RW  EWHC 611  2 FCR 289