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Where to Find U.K. Cases

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Every day we receive document delivery requests for U.K. cases, from very old ones such as Stratton v Swanlond (1375) to decisions handed down this month. Here is a list of current sources where you might find the decision that you need:


This free-of-cost service provides access to decisions from courts in the UK, England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey and Ireland.


Also a no-charge service, CommonLII content includes the English Reports, a reprint of most of the nominate reports published in England prior to 1865.


The Great Library offers free remote access to Law Society of Upper Canada licensees. Amongst other great content, it is another source for the English Reports.

ICLR Online

The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR)’s online service includes the semi-official The Law Reports (1865-present) and The Weekly Law Reports (1953-present).

Please note as of January 1, 2017, ICLR removed all its law report content from LexisNexis Quicklaw and Westlaw. Law Reports and Weekly Law Reports cases on ICLR Online are available to Law Society of Upper Canada licensees through our Document Delivery service.

Lexis Advance and WestlawNext Canada (UK)

  • Both available for Law Society of Upper Canada licensee use in the Great Library, these two major commercial sources contain large collections of UK case law, both current and historical. In Lexis Advance, access the international content and select your jurisdiction source. In WestlawNext Canada, UK cases can be found by selecting the International tab, then United Kingdom and All United Kingdom Cases.

Certain English law reports have not been digitised and are simply not available electronically, so some cases still have to be scanned or copied from the print source. There is a good chance that the Great Library has the print law report that you’re after, so just fill in and submit the Document Delivery Request Form and we’ll see if we have what you need.

For further information about sources of UK case law, see our research guide on finding UK and Irish Law on the Web.


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