UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
Northern Ireland Case Law
Northern Ireland has its own body of
case law. There is a variety of database and print resources
available in the University libraries to help you find Northern
There is also a
number of freely available internet resources.
A - Z list of law resources
Finding case law home
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The following databases are a selection of the
best to use to trace Northern Ireland cases.
You will need an Athens authentication to access most library
databases. Use the
Guide to find out more about Athens and other passwords.
Remember that if you cannot find the case
you need then ask a librarian for help.
LexisLibrary is the best place
to start when looking for Northern Ireland case law.
It covers the Northern Ireland Law Reports (the
main law reporting series for Northern Ireland) from 1945 and Northern
Ireland unreported judgments from 1984.
Westlaw does not provide comprehensive full
text access to Northern Ireland case law.
However you may find the Case Locators
search option useful for tracing Northern
Ireland cases when you have been given an
incomplete citation. Selected cases
from the Northern Ireland Law Reports and
Northern Ireland Judgments Bulletin are
included with an indication of where the
case has been reported and a brief summary
of the facts and findings of the case.
of Northern Ireland Law
The electronic Bulletin
of Northern Ireland Law provides summaries of all reported
and selected unreported Northern Ireland cases from 1996. Where the
case is available freely on the web links to
the full text are provided. The
Bulletin also digests selected Northern
Ireland tribunal decisions including
Employment Appeals Tribunal, Lands
Tribunal and Planning Appeals Commission
is a website containing searchable databases
with records of all planning applications in
Northern Ireland since 1993. Details
of all planning appeals are included from
most records including the full text of
Decision Letters and Commissioner's Reports.
Click on the titles of the publications
listed below to find details of library holdings. If the title you
require is not listed below then use the
to check its availability.
Northern Ireland Law
The Northern Ireland Law Reports is the main
law reporting series for Northern Ireland. The series commenced
publication in 1925 and covers Northern Ireland High Court and Court of
Appeal cases. From 1970 Northern Ireland cases on appeal to the
House of Lords are also included.
Northern Ireland Law
Reports Bulletin of Judgments
The Northern Ireland Law
Reports Bulletin of Judgements (also known as the Bluebooks
or the Northern Ireland Judgements Bulletin) was published from
1972 onwards and includes some cases not which do not go on to appear
in the Northern Ireland Law Reports.
Index to Northern Ireland Cases
Index to the Northern Ireland
1921-1997 is a comprehensive index of cases decided in
Northern Ireland courts including decisions of the House of Lords on
appeal from the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland.
Bulletin of Northern
The print edition of the
Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law runs
from 1981. In addition to
providing summaries of all reported and selected unreported Northern
Ireland cases, it is a useful source of digests of tribunal decisions
and tax cases.
Textbooks are often a good place to start
when trying to track down case law on any topic. Use
the keyword search in the
to find books in the library or go to the Finding Law Books page for more information.
UU Guide to Internet
Resources for Law
There are a growing number
websites which provide free access to the full text of law reports. See
the Case Law section as well as the specific section on
It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with resources available on
the web. Use this guide as a starting point to ensure you access
good quality legal information on the web.
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Last updated: 07/07/10