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Judges and the law
Judges and the law

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4 Part C Accurate law reporting

4.1 Introduction

You cannot cite precedents to a judge and ask him or her to follow them if you don't have a good record of all the earlier cases and how they were decided. The operation of binding precedent, therefore, relies on the existence of an extensive reporting service to provide access to previous judicial decisions.

This section will briefly set out where you might locate case reports on particular areas of the law. This is of particular importance to advocates (usually barristers but sometimes solicitors), who are under a duty to bring all relevant case authority to the attention of the court, whether it advances their case or not, so they are expected to make themselves thoroughly aware of the current reports. It will also be useful to you as a law student.