Scottish Council of Law Reporting

Scottish Council of Law Reporting

The Scottish Council of Law Reporting, a ‘not for profit’ charitable company limited by guarantee, was established by the Scottish legal profession to manage publication of Session Cases (Scotland’s most authorative series of law reports covering Scottish cases heard in the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary). A feature of Session Cases is that the law reports are all written by actively practising lawyers with rights of audience in the courts whose cases they report. The Council’s membership includes representatives of the Scottish judiciary, Scottish advocates and Scottish solicitors.

In 2011 the SCLR produced a series of films dealing with the role of law reports in the legal system. These use the seminal case of Donoghue v Stevenson (1932 SC (HL) 31) as their starting point. They may be found on YouTube or accessed from the SCLR home page.

The SCLR does not publish online itself, but works with other publishers to do so and SCLR materials, including Session Cases, may be accessed through all the main legal content providers.

Session Cases have been published since 1821. All these reports have now been digitised. A major SCLR project now underway is to digitise those other series of historical Scottish law reports, starting from the earliest days, that are still regularly referred to and to make the digital versions of these reports available to academics and practitioners, free of charge.

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