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BAILII receives a regular feed of cases from the Courts of the four jurisdictions of the United Kingdom and from the Courts of Ireland. The table below shows the numbers of cases decided since 1 January 1996 which are held in the database.

In April and May of 2003 arrangements were made for all the substantive judgments of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal and the Administrative Court to be posted on the BAILII website. Judgments on permission applications, and other preliminary applications, will only be published there if a judge so requests. This arrangement was backdated to 1st January 2003. All these judgments are now on BAILII. The number of judgments from the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal and the other Divisions of the High Court have been steadily increasing, and it is hoped that even more progress will be achieved during 2005.

There is still a restriction on the number of English cases from Divisions of the High Court which can be added to the BAILII database which arises from the fact that the shorthand-writers who transcribe judgments which have been given verbally (as opposed to judgments handed down on paper) own the copyright in the transcribed version of the judgment. This prevents the judgment being added to the BAILII database without the consent of the shorthand-writer. BAILII, being a free web site, has no funds with which to acquire a licence to copy and display the transcript. (Enquiries for copies of unreported English judgments which are not available on BAILII should be directed to the Courts Transcription & Recording Unit (RCJ Room WB14; tel: 020 7947 7820; fax: 020 7947 6662; email: rcj.cratu@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk .)

BAILII continues to press for the system to be changed so that all judgments may be freely available. A large number of transcribed judgments of the Court of Appeal and the Administrative Court for the period July 1996 - August 1999 were kindly provided by the official shorthand writers Smith Bernal. All handed down English Court of Appeal cases decided since July 1996 should be on BAILII.

Handed down first-instance decisions of the England and Wales and Northern Ireland High Courts are generally only provided to BAILII where the Judge giving the judgment indicates that they are of sufficient interest to be made available for publication on the Internet.

The official version of English judgments of the Court of Appeal and High Court are the Approved Judgments in .rtf format. In most cases the .rtf version is also available on BAILII. When the .rtf version is not available the BAILII web version is not to be taken as official.

Decisions of the Irish Supreme Court and High Court are reasonably comprehensive since February 2001. The official version of Irish judgments is the hard copy version.

BAILII has few Northern Ireland cases decided prior to 2000.

BAILII has few Scottish cases decided prior to 1999.

Full coverage of House of Lords and Privy Council cases commmenced during 1996.

Users of BAILII are reminded that the judgments of any court below the highest level may have been the subject of an appeal, and that they should satisfy themselves that the judgment has not been the subject of an appeal before relying on it as an authority. The Court of Appeal has recently adopted this practice, although it is not yet being universally followed in the judgments of that court. This should facilitate an automated noter-up function to display an indication that a judgment has been the subject of an appeal.

An orange highlight to a row denotes a court that is no longer active.

Database pre-1996 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 total

England and Wales
England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions 498 133 193 232 198 481 2037 1784 780 787 806 799 862 952 803 778 794 776 792 684 807 624 547 599 483 396 77 18702
England and Wales Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) Decisions 76 41 67 71 45 137 155 161 173 248 281 335 325 448 448 384 321 193 229 199 172 204 245 333 343 244 31 5909
England and Wales County Court (Family)                       2     6 61 6 6 24 75               180
England and Wales Court of Protection Decisions           3                 9 21 23 23 34 86 84 66 31 38 61 65 14 558
England and Wales Care Standards Tribunal 268 27 23 33 30 20 13 14 34 53 57 47 66 71                           756
England and Wales Family Court Decisions (High Court Judges)                                       52 76 62 52 51 42 63 6 404
England and Wales Family Court Decisions (other Judges)                                       179 226 124 118 97 90 61 5 900
England and Wales High Court (Administrative Court) Decisions 34 26 58 55 61 200 250 262 627 518 526 515 525 713 806 634 514 732 701 728 716 532 548 433 465 486 64 11729
England and Wales High Court (Admiralty Division) Decisions         1 2 7 7 4 4 3 1 2 6 8 3 5 3 3 4 7 4 3 8 8 9 2 104
Court of Common Pleas 6                                                     6
England and Wales High Court (Chancery Division) Decisions 38 3 6 15 46 44 96 105 182 235 268 302 347 334 371 378 326 334 355 327 372 353 360 438 467 592 79 6773
England and Wales High Court (Commercial Court) Decisions 1 1 3 12 19 46 54 70 118 108 106 122 127 121 131 134 171 147 145 175 164 129 174 207 198 280 32 2995
England and Wales High Court (Senior Courts Costs Office) Decisions           13 18 36 45 41 21 20 30 24 28 27 19 6 3 1 8 12 12 19 15 16 3 417
England and Wales High Court (Exchequer Court) Decisions 13                                                     13
England and Wales High Court (Family Division) Decisions 5     1 5 5 12 9 36 40 41 53 70 67 70 92 92 93 212 283 188 196 190 169 170 171 19 2289
Intellectual Property Enterprise Court                                     12 32 25 22 28 15 22 16 3 175
England and Wales High Court (King's Bench Division) Decisions 34                                                     34
Mercantile Court             1             1 2 5 3 5 1 2 2             22
England and Wales High Court (Patents Court) Decisions   2 9 28 14 16 8 11 16 16 15 29 35 42 42 25 37 29 42 37 29 38 29 24 30 46 5 654
England and Wales High Court (Queen's Bench Division) Decisions 35 6 6 9 17 29 38 55 79 91 150 173 207 226 234 269 282 278 271 314 294 305 261 309 335 415 45 4733
England and Wales High Court (Technology and Construction Court) Decisions     11 25 33 46 20 37 49 65 80 90 98 97 98 92 89 82 98 88 85 82 92 67 84 103 9 1720
England and Wales Leasehold Valuation Tribunal Decisions 2 5 18 17 23 12 21 129 46 81 137 289 563 370 399 875 102 763 812 761 664 465 384 39       6977
England and Wales Land Registry Adjudicator                     4 24 26 27 33 28 44 20 22 38 28 70 98 25       487
England and Wales Lands Tribunal         2 72 65 29 58 45 66 66 63 88 28                         582
England and Wales Magistrates' Court (Family)                             16 83                       99
England and Wales Patents County Court                       2   3   9 37 51 34                 136
English and Welsh Courts - Miscellaneous 11       1     1   3 1 1 7 5 10 19 25 30 40 24 49 46 30 14 17 27 3 364
The Parole Board for England and Wales                                                 80 106   186

Scotland
Scottish Court of Session Decisions 42321 6 10 121 307 333 297 214 336 278 245 265 298 257 275 272 308 292 317 288 273 276 223 206 170 170 32 48390
Scottish High Court of Justiciary Decisons 71   4 30 259 115 123 121 67 70 128 111 83 84 107 136 127 161 163 129 124 123 84 74 91 49 9 2643
Scottish Information Commissioner Decisions                     89 228 231 168 151 222 226 210 298 261 206 272 210 213 179 95   3259
Scottish Jury Court Reports 282                                                     282
Sheriff Appeal Court (Civil) Opinions                                           16 38 31 40 24 9 158
Sheriff Appeal Court (Criminal) Opinions                                         2 33 19 18 19 9 1 101
Scottish Sheriff Court Decisions       3 27 35 24 28 60 91 90 104 76 43 142 170 158 121 103 109 73 84 72 52 71 40   1776

Northern Ireland
Northern Irish Courts - Miscellaneous                                   5   17 6 7 14 10 20 4 1 84
Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland Decisions       2 19 36 57 52 57 50 62 47 60 50 63 44 70 60 83 82 76 59 73 49 71 54   1276
Crown Court for Northern Ireland Decisions         1 2   9 15 10 22 35 51 43 70 50 38 31 33 26 16 22 7 19 18 12   530
Fair Employment Tribunal Northern Ireland Decisions       1     1 37 32 24 31 51 42 37 25 23 20 17 22 13 12 14 15 11 12 12   452
High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland Chancery Division Decisions       5 5 7 15 14 9 6 4 4 7 24 10 18 24 33 16 27 21 20 28 26 16 16   355
High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland Family Division Decisions           9 25 25 16 12 17 19 13 15 23 19 16 6 10 14 16 12 15 14 15 21   332
Northand Ireland High Court of Justice, Master's decisions           1 1     1 12 8 10 8 13 5 7 10 24 16 13 9 6 13 9     166
High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland Queen's Bench Division Decisions 1 2 2 2 25 44 50 19 79 93 86 97 121 153 98 135 121 114 148 141 106 101 134 106 110 64   2152
Industrial Tribunals Northern Ireland Decisions               333 139 210 164 152 322 226 330 452 468 496 392 260 286 189 181 166 183 242   5191
Northern Ireland - Social Security and Child Support Commissioners' Decisions 117 84 66 70 73 39 31 61 99 88 52 57 46 31 66 92 79 67 70 21 60 74 58 42 52 56 7 1658

Ireland
Irish Court of Appeal                                       57 325 393 333 295 314 348 51 2116
Irish Court of Criminal Appeal 17                 39 33 33 30 67 43 27 36 23 26 41 19 3     1     438
Irish Central Criminal Court                         1   1 1 5 2       2           12
Irish Competition Authority Decisions 456 19 13 47 40 8 10 2 47 81 84 98 73 38 27 46 14 4 17 28 82 59 69 52 30     1444
Irish Data Protection Commission Case Studies                     12 15 15 21 16 20 13 18 19                 149
High Court of Ireland Decisions 581 61 234 232 252 213 230 179 184 302 453 384 427 423 531 499 514 560 596 655 818 736 792 713 805 624 109 12107
Irish Information Commissioner's Decisions       19 26 34 38 30 24 21 19 17 23 7 36 76 24 37 69 82 194 272 280 241 249 158   1976
Supreme Court of Ireland Decisions 104 9 12 68 95 81 121 79 74 73 71 69 70 70 78 63 52 65 61 81 103 78 84 69 101 88 11 1930

United Kingdom
United Kingdom Competition Appeals Tribunal             6 2 2 8 40 35 36 40 36 28 44 30 30 19 16 25 22 19 28 21   487
Nominet UK Dispute Resolution Service             8 110 106 114 146 174 162 181 127 107 227 290 280 236 264 305 274 250 240 221   3822
Special Immigrations Appeals Commission                 11 17 6 14 11 6 8 9 15 16 6 21 12 11 7 9 5 1   185
United Kingdom Immigration and Asylum (AIT/IAC) Unreported Judgments                 4999 6192 5223 2353 3230 2802 2664 2779 2575 2958 2926 3921 4769 3143 3244 5657 4655 1822 103 66015
United Kingdom Employment Appeal Tribunal 2536 785 992 1060 1330 1255 1344 973 785 463 383 316 354 343 336 323 386 371 399 358 255 230 187 208 187 103 16 16278
United Kingdom Employment Tribunal                                 1 1 4   9 143 9757 12194 7601 7930 705 38345
United Kingdom Financial Services and Markets Tribunals Decisions               2 5 3 13 18 11 11 8                         71
First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber)                             28 101 90 258 216 239 236 269 239 262 260 140 27 2365
First-tier Tribunal (Health Education and Social Care Chamber)                           8 59 63 37 25 35 34 28 35 31 35 26 27 1 444
First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)                                     707 1241 1162 890 870 930 1611 482   7893
First-tier Tribunal (Tax)                             325 551 812 735 689 1060 562 756 693 617 582 476 12 7870
United Kingdom House of Lords Decisions 4238 22 60 54 56 73 73 50 75 58 75 59 58 74 45                         5070
United Kingdom Asylum and Immigration Tribunal 4 2   2 2 11 24 248 216 341 180 96 98 93 56 3                       1376
Information Commissioner's Office 205                   134 289 353 339 548 693 1097 1092 1253 1065 1210 1075 1180 1246 1302 984 59 14124
United Kingdom Investigatory Powers Tribunal                 2 3 1 3 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 3 6 5 5 6 4 2   52
United Kingdom Information Tribunal including the National Security Appeals Panel 9     1 1 1 1 1 2   7 28 75 80 50                         256
United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office Decisions       298 335 343 446 480 386 372 328 370 371 341 330 354 420 423 428 376 413 428 427 527 444     8640
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council Decisions 9278 67 71 54 57 54 66 72 88 61 51 60 68 64 54 33 48 41 32 43 48 38 45 33 48 32 5 10611
United Kingdom Supreme Court                             17 58 60 63 80 68 79 65 82 68 60 53 6 759
United Kingdom Special Commissioners of Income Tax Decisions         5 17 25 25 35 57 62 57 83 67 14                         447
UK Social Security and Child Support Commissioners' Decisions 297 73 109 85 47 107 169 285 252 251 207 184 189 220                           2475
Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber)                           39 231 299 256 216 356 276 323 283 249 221 189 152 4 3094
Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)                               63 97 77 95 72 137 85 60 52 47 43 2 830
United Kingdom Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)                         1   56 83 78 81 101 91 117 81 87 80 93 96 15 1060
United Kingdom Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber)                             3 48 81 91 72 97 104 109 106 84 69 68 7 939
United Kingdom VAT & Duties Tribunals Decisions 1           1 11 283 446 500 555 537 391 77                         2802
United Kingdom VAT & Duties Tribunals (Customs) Decisions           1 1 9 10 5 18 20 19 17 5                         105
United Kingdom VAT & Duties Tribunals (Excise) Decisions             1 32 200 240 100 69 70 82 10                         804
United Kingdom VAT & Duties Tribunals (Insurance Premium Tax) Decisions         2 1       1 1   1 1                           7
United Kingdom VAT & Duties Tribunals (Landfill Tax) Decisions         1   1   2 2 1 2 1 2                           12

Europe
European Court of Human Rights 819 105 140 120 198 718 901 858 732 741 955 1197 1169 1849 2111 2165 2275 1728 1142 1094 937 1049 1095 964 835 850 146 26893
Board Of Appeal Of The European Supervisory Authorities Decisions                                     1 3 1 1 2 2 1     11
Court of Justice of the European Communities (including Court of First Instance Decisions) 4942 351 405 481 367 530 502 538 548 594 618 842 525 598 685 862 1145 752 626 975 1039 967 1031 1421 1523 1102 128 24097

Jersey
Jersey Law Reports 1171 81 67 67 80 114 110 78 92 84 77 75 87 80 88 77 97 91 109 101 64 80 40 44 24 34   3112
Jersey Unreported Judgments 1965 213 202 197 179 211 237 230 226 196 174 194 222 209 254 274 282 286 303 300 308 289 245 228 224 246 30 7924

Saint Helena
St Helena Court of Appeal Judgments                                             2         2
St Helena Supreme Court Judgments                                       1 1   1   1     4

United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Global Market judgments                                             1 2 9 8   20
Judgment table updated 24 February 2021
Total cases 416182


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