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UNDERSTANDING CASE CITATIONS AND ABBREVIATIONS

Journals and Law Reports are frequently referred to only by their abbreviations, for example, All England Law Reports are All E.R.  Tables of the most regularly used journal titles and law reports, together with their abbreviations and class numbers can be found on the ends of the shelves in the Law Collection.  Alternatively, refer to the CARDIFF INDEX TO LEGAL ABBREVIATIONS or the Index to legal citations and abbreviations / Raistrick, Donald (2008) 3rd ed.

Case citations will usually look something like this ...

McDonald v Fernandez [2004] 1 W.L.R. 1027

    ... which can interpreted as ...

McDonald v Fernandez      the parties involved

[2004]

    date of judgement or year of publication    

1

    the volume number

W.L.R.

    Weekly Law Reports (use one of the resources above to decipher abbreviations)

1027

    the page number

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