Specialist Legal Research Services Online - Criminal Law Week

Criminal Law Week

Criminal Law Week Online is a comprehensive resource built for practitioners, providing definitive digests of criminal case law and legislation from 1997 onwards. As well as the latest developments, commentary and analysis by Archbold editor James Richardson QC, it ensures that the user is armed with the tools to build a case with precision.

Much more than simply replicating the print version, Criminal Law Week Online is packed with smart functionality:

  • Archive provides access to all past issues in HTML and PDF format, including links to full-text judgments
  • Update boxes appear at the end of every digest, indicating how a case has been subsequently treated and the current status of legislation
  • Statutes Service contains key criminal law legislation, fully annotated by experienced criminal lawyers and cross-referenced to Criminal Law Week digests
  • Tables & Index are browseable, searchable and updated every week to help the user quickly retrieve the information they’re looking for. Advanced search allows the user to search across all issues of the Criminal Law Week or the Statutes Service
  • Weekly newsletters with all the latest developments are provided by email
  • Clipboard lets the user save items of interest during research for fast access later


    Criminal Law Week was established as a weekly, printed publication in 1997 by James Richardson Q.C. From his own experience as a criminal barrister at 23 Essex Street, he realised how difficult it was to keep up-to-date and to find relevant information again in the future. Building on a strong print following, Criminal Law Week Online launched in 1998.

    In 2006, Criminal Law Week’s Statutes Service was added to the online service, providing subscribers with fully up-to-date and annotated text of today's most relevant criminal legislation.

    In 2008, Criminal Law Week won the prestigious BIALL (British and Irish Association of Law Librarians) Legal Journals Award, which aims to reward the publishing profession for quality products and outstanding contributions in the field of legal serial titles.

    Sweet & Maxwell (part of Thomson Reuters) acquired Criminal Law Week in 2008 adding to its already well established and successful crime portfolio.

    Today, as a highly-respected legal journal, Criminal Law Week is regularly cited in court at all levels, and is widely used by barristers and solicitors, the judiciary, the Crown Prosecution Service, the police, academic institutions and others within the criminal justice system.

    There are also barrister and solicitor CPD courses which can go with the material, if desired.

    There are various types of contact information (subscription, editorial, CPD) here.

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