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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 total

England and Wales
England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions 494 126 186 229 192 480 2037 1784 777 785 806 799 862 951 803 778 794 776 792 682 806 620 545 597 332 18033
England and Wales Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) Decisions 76 40 66 71 45 137 155 161 172 248 279 333 325 448 448 382 321 193 228 199 171 204 245 327 177 5451
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 37 34 451
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 50 50 24 314
England and Wales Family Court Decisions (other Judges)                                       179 226 123 115 91 41 775
England and Wales High Court (Administrative Court) Decisions 32 23 57 53 60 200 250 262 627 518 526 514 525 713 805 633 514 732 699 725 715 530 548 429 286 10976
England and Wales High Court (Admiralty Division) Decisions         1 2 7 7 4 4 3 1 2 6 8 3 5 3 3 4 6 1 3 4 3 80
Court of Common Pleas 6                                                 6
England and Wales High Court (Chancery Division) Decisions 38 3 6 15 46 43 95 105 182 234 268 302 347 334 370 377 326 332 354 326 371 349 358 422 256 5859
England and Wales High Court (Commercial Court) Decisions 1 1 3 12 19 46 54 70 118 108 106 122 127 120 131 134 170 147 145 175 162 128 170 207 121 2597
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 10 393
England and Wales High Court (Exchequer Court) Decisions 13                                                 13
England and Wales High Court (Family Division) Decisions 5     1 5 5 12 8 36 39 41 53 70 68 70 92 91 93 212 283 188 196 189 166 90 2013
Intellectual Property Enterprise Court                                     12 32 25 22 27 15 16 149
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 28 24 23 595
England and Wales High Court (Queen's Bench Division) Decisions 35 6 6 9 17 29 38 55 79 90 150 173 207 226 233 269 282 278 270 312 294 305 260 303 208 4134
England and Wales High Court (Technology and Construction Court) Decisions     11 25 33 46 20 37 49 65 80 90 98 97 98 91 89 82 98 88 85 81 92 66 61 1582
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 26   488
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 39 24 49 45 30 14 15 330

Scotland
Scottish Court of Session Decisions 42321 6 10 121 307 333 297 214 336 278 245 265 298 257 275 272 308 292 317 288 272 276 223 206 107 48124
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 83 73 54 2546
Scottish Information Commissioner Decisions                     89 228 231 168 151 222 226 210 298 261 206 272 210 213 115 3100
Scottish Jury Court Reports 282                                                 282
Sheriff Appeal Court (Civil) Opinions                                           16 38 31 30 115
Sheriff Appeal Court (Criminal) Opinions                                         2 33 19 18 8 80
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 51 1716

Northern Ireland
Northern Irish Courts - Miscellaneous                                   5   17 5 7 14 9 10 67
Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland Decisions       2 19 36 57 52 56 50 62 47 60 50 63 44 70 59 83 82 76 59 73 48 35 1183
Crown Court for Northern Ireland Decisions         1 2   9 15 10 22 35 51 43 70 50 38 31 32 23 15 21 7 19 13 507
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 2 430
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 20 20 28 24 11 331
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 13 10 305
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 6 163
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 98 135 121 114 148 140 106 99 133 104 69 2041
Industrial Tribunals Northern Ireland Decisions               333 139 210 164 152 322 226 330 452 468 496 392 260 286 189 181 166 95 4861
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 19 1562

Ireland
Irish Court of Appeal                                       57 325 393 332 291 180 1578
Irish Court of Criminal Appeal 17                 39 33 33 30 67 43 27 36 23 26 41 19 3       437
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 61 234 232 252 213 230 179 184 302 453 384 427 423 531 499 514 560 596 655 815 736 786 604 496 10947
Irish Information Commissioner's Decisions       19 26 34 38 30 24 21 19 17 23 7 36 76 24 37 69 82 194 272 280 241 126 1695
Supreme Court of Ireland Decisions 104 9 12 68 95 81 121 79 74 73 71 69 70 70 78 63 52 65 61 80 103 78 84 69 67 1796

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 20 458
Nominet UK Dispute Resolution Service             8 110 106 114 146 174 162 181 127 107 228 290 280 236 264 305 275 250 132 3495
Special Immigrations Appeals Commission                 11 17 6 14 11 6 8 9 15 16 6 21 12 11 7 9 1 180
United Kingdom Immigration and Asylum (AIT/IAC) Unreported Judgments                 4999 6192 5223 2353 3230 2802 2665 2779 2576 2958 2927 3924 4779 3145 3244 5657 2793 62246
United Kingdom Employment Appeal Tribunal 2535 785 992 1060 1330 1255 1344 973 785 463 383 316 354 343 336 323 386 371 399 358 255 230 187 208 83 16054
United Kingdom Employment Tribunal                                 1 1 4   9 143 9733 12112 5402 27405
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 90 258 216 239 199 269 238 227 136 2001
First-tier Tribunal (Health Education and Social Care Chamber)                           8 59 63 37 25 35 34 28 35 31 35 13 403
First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)                                     707 1240 1162 886 864 715 80 5654
First-tier Tribunal (Tax)                             325 551 812 735 689 1060 562 756 693 617 405 7205
United Kingdom House of Lords Decisions 4235 21 60 54 56 73 73 50 75 58 75 59 58 74 45                     5066
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 3                   134 289 353 339 548 693 1097 1092 1253 1065 1210 1075 1180 1246 751 12328
United Kingdom Investigatory Powers Tribunal                 2 3 1 3 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 3 6 5 5 6 3 49
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       298 335 343 446 480 386 372 328 370 371 341 330 354 420 423 428 376 413 428 427 527 259 8455
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 38 10564
United Kingdom Supreme Court                             17 58 60 63 80 68 79 65 82 68 40 680
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)                           39 231 299 256 215 356 276 322 282 249 207 95 2827
Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)                               63 97 77 95 72 137 85 60 52 21 759
United Kingdom Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)                         1   56 83 78 81 100 91 117 81 87 80 53 908
United Kingdom Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber)                             3 48 81 91 72 97 104 109 106 93 48 852
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 815 105 140 120 198 716 901 858 731 741 955 1196 1169 1849 2110 2165 2275 1727 1142 1094 937 1049 1095 964 536 25588
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) 4937 351 405 481 367 530 502 538 548 594 618 842 525 598 685 862 1145 752 626 975 1038 965 1028 1419 915 22246

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 12   3022
Jersey Unreported Judgments 1965 213 202 197 179 211 237 230 226 196 174 194 222 209 254 274 282 286 303 300 308 289 245 228 119 7543

Saint Helena
St Helena Court of Appeal Judgments                                             2     2
St Helena Supreme Court Judgments                                       1 1   1   1 4
Judgment table updated 21 August 2019
Total cases 382856


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