Law Reports

Common citations for cases can be found at Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations.

Case Citator Abbreviations

Frequently cited Law Reports in Equity are:

Beav           Beavan’s Rolls Court Reports (1838-1866)   [English Reports   Vol 48-55]

Keen          Keen’s Rolls Court Reports (1836 – 1838)     [English Reports  Vol 48]

Drew. & Sm. Drewry & Smale’s Vice Chancellors’ Reports tempore Kindsley (1860-1865) [English Reports – Vol 62]

Kay         Kay’s Vice Chancellors’ Reports (1853-1854)  {English Reports Vol 69]

De G.M. & G. De Gex, Macnaghten & Gordon’s Chancery Reports (1851-1857) [English Reports 42-44]

Hare        Hare’s Chancery Reports (1841-1856)    [English Reports Vol 66-68]

Coll.        Collyer’s Chancery Cases tempore Bruce V.C. (1844-1846) [English Reports Vol 63]

Hem.& M. Hemming & Miller’s Chancery Reports (1862-1865) [English Reports Vol 71]

John. & H.  Johnson & Hemming’s Chancery Reports (1859-1862) [English Reports Vol 70]

John.      Johnson’s Chancery Reports (1859)  [English Reports Vol  70]

K.&J.        Kay & Johnson’s Vice Chancellor’s Reports (1854-1858)  [English Reports Vol 69]

Sim             Simons’ Vice Chancellor’s Reports (1826-1850)    [English Reports Vol 57-60]

Sim. & St.   Simons & Stuart’s Vice Chancellor’s Reports (1822-1826)    [English Report  Vol 57]

Madd           Maddock’s Chancery Reports (1815-1822)    [English Reports  Vol 56]

Turn.& R.   Turner & Russell’s Chancery Reports (1822-1824) [English Reports  Vol 37]

Jac.            Jacob’s Chancery Reports (1821-1822)   [English Reports  Vol 37]

Swanst.     Swanston’s Chancery Reports (1818-1819)   [English Reports  Vol 36]

Mer.             Merivale’s Chancery Reports (1815-1817)      [English Reports  Vol 35-36]

Ves.Jr.        Vesey Junior’s Chancery Reports  (1789 – 1817)   [English Reports   Vol 30-34]

Ves.Sen     Vesey Senior’s Chancery Reports (1741-1756)     [English Reports  Vol 27-28]

P.Wms       Peere-Williams’ Chancery & King’s Bench Cases  [English Reports – Vol 24]

Wilm         Wilmot’s Notes & Opinions (1757-1770) [English Reports Vol 97]

Bing            Bingham’s Common Pleas (1822-1834)    {English Reports – Volumes 130-131]

Ch               High Court Chancery Division (1890-   )

H.L.Cas      Clark & Finnelly’s House of Lords Reports New Series (1847-1866) [English Reports 9-11]

ER              English Reports     {1220 – 1873}


WLR        Weekly Law Reports  (1953 –  )

All ER       All England Law Reports (1936 –  )

AC            Law Reports, Appeal Cases (1891-   )

CLR      Commonwealth Law Reports (1903 –    )

ALR      Australian Law Reports (1973 –   )


British and Irish Legal Information Institute

Australasian Legal Information Institute


A Concise Treatise on Powers (2nd Edition) by George Farwell (1893)

A Practical Treatise of Powers  by Edward Sugden (1808)

A Practical Treatise of Powers (Vol II) by Sir Edward Sugden (1856)

The Rolls Court

In 1833 was it provided that the Master of the Rolls should sit continuously in order to hear motions, pleas and demurrers in addition to the petitions addressed to the Lord Chancellor.  The Rolls Court was to last 50 years as a court of first instance; it was abolished by the Judicature Act of 1881.  The Master of the Rolls ceased to be a judge of the High Court and became a judge of the Court of Appeal.

The Masters of the Rolls from 1833 to 1881 were:

Today the Master of the Rolls is President of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) and Head of Civil Justice – the second most senior judicial office in England and Wales, after Lord Chief Justice.



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