The Digest is an indispensable guide and index to reported cases. It offers an unrivalled source of case material with digests of over 500,000 cases drawn from a thousand different series of law reports covering a period from medieval times to the present day. It provides, in summary form, the whole case law of England and Wales, together with a considerable body of cases from the courts of Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries of the Commonwealth plus cases dealing with EU law.
The Digest gives a concise statement of the effect of each case and enables the user to know where to look and what to expect to find, when the report itself is examined in full. The Digest is the essential case companion to Halsbury’s Laws of England, with a title classification and arrangement modelled on Halsbury’s Laws, but providing the reader with more detail.
The Digest may be described as a super-index to the Law Reports and, in fact, is the only index to the Law Reports 1865-1950. It is a vital source for British, Commonwealth and European cases as it covers all important points of principle and includes an annotated history of each case. The complete Digest set consists of: over 130 volumes; Consolidated Table of Cases (in three volumes); an Index (in three volumes); and an annual Cumulative Supplement (in three volumes).