Answered By: Lisa Hawksworth
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2015     Views: 249

In legal citations, the titles of law reports and journals are usually abbreviated. For example:

All England Law Reports = All ER
Modern Law Review = MLR

The Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations enables you to search by abbreviation to find matching titles of law reports or journals. Alternatively, you can type in the title of a law report or journal to find out the abbreviations used.

More than one law report or journal may have the same abbreviation, so look closely at the subject of the law report series or the jurisdiction to identify the most likely title.

In addition, tables of the most commonly used legal abbreviations can be found on the walls in the Law Collection in the Abercromby Wing of the Sydney Jones Library.

You will also find tables of commonly used abbreviations in the front of most legal textbooks.

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