Payne Hicks Beach
Payne Hicks Beach

07 October 2015

Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR): 150 years celebration

Last night Library and Information Manager, Jackie Fishleigh, attended a celebration of 150 years of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR).

Prior to 1865 the quality of law reporting in this country was decidedly hit and miss. Criticisms at the time included comments that reports “seldom enlightened anything” with some being “fit to be burnt”!  Law reporters were variously accused of “hearing one half of a case and then reporting on the other” and on occasion “sleeping over their notebooks”.

The ICLR changed all that and set out to prepare and produce clear, concise and accurate reports of enduring quality. Its mission was to report only those cases which were “peculiarly instructive”.

The magnificent Great Hall here in Lincoln’s Inn provided the venue for a very enjoyable evening featuring drinks and canapees, a jazz band and most importantly an address from the President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger who reflected on the top fifteen ICLR cases as listed in the link below.

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