How do I find out the meaning of legal abbreviations?

Answered By: John Knowles
Last Updated: Sep 04, 2015     Views: 133

The titles of law reports and journals are usually abbreviated in legal citations, e.g.

AC = Law Reports. Appeals Cases
All ER =  All England Law Reports
MLR = Modern Law Review 

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.

You will need to use the abbreviated from of law report and journals titles when using the OSCOLA referencing system.

You will also need to use the full form of law report and journal titles when searching the Library Catalogue.

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