By Haresh A. Raichura

The difference in the quality of present-day law reports and in quality of Law Reports which were published in 1939 is huge.

You know everything about present-day law reports if you are still buying them. There will be headnotes and then judgements. Mostly, you will not see “Editor’s note” anywhere.

I once saw a 1939 Bombay Law Report.

It contained Editor’s Notes, Letters to Editor (In the letters, lawyers used to comment on judgements published in the previous volume), and then Jokes and Poems contributed by lawyers and then headnotes and then judgements.

That Law Report volume looked alive!

What do you think on this? Leave a comment below!

Haresh A. Raichura is an AOR at the Supreme Court of India. Follow him on Linkedin here.

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  1. Today’s law reports are not only boring, rather they are create confusion for law students.
    In my opinion the following things should be kept into mind while drafting a law report, apart from already mentioned above-
    1. In today’s law reports we find that judgments are published as it is given in the petition and orders passed by the courts. The Editors must make a proper format for law reports under different heading like- Background, order of session/district court, Judgement of High Court, Judgement of SC.
    2. The ratio decidendi and obitar dictum of the case must be dealt separately as to avoid confusion that whats exactly the court held in a case.
    3. If there is any observation of minority opinion of any judge/judges that should be given under separate heading.
    4. If possible, each case may be started with a short synopsis of its contents so that reader need not to check all the pages and may save ones time.

    Lastly, while editing a any case the editors must make it as simple as possible, so that it can attract as much readers as possible.

    Thank You!

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