Hong Kong Cases selects judgments based on the legal value of the case, frequently reporting cases with legal points which might not have been previously dealt with
Hong Kong Cases
Hong Kong Cases is the only complete series of law reports covering court decisions dating back to 1842 when common law was first applied in Hong Kong.
A cite to behold
The only law report series in Hong that includes a selection of judgments from the period 1842 – 1941 that are still cited today. A notable example is the 1914 decision in lbrahim v The King, which has been and continues to be cited in common law courts around the world on the admissibility of inculpatory statements in criminal proceedings.
We're on the case
"You need a guide like the headnote to tell you whether it's going to be fruitful to read the entire judgment." - William S Clarke
The only complete series of law reporting in Hong Kong - since 1842
The headnotes are drafted to give you a clear and succinct summary of the material facts and the principles of law applied by the court in reaching its decision. Our headnotes are carefully drafted by experienced practitioners who are experts in their respective area of law. Hong Kong Cases Unreported and Casebase on the other hand are published with relevant catchwords and case treatment respectively to ensure ease of searching for cases.
Providing you a quick answer without having to pore through hundreds of pages of the judgment
From the Author's Desk
Bill Clarke, General Editor of Hong Kong Cases on what makes a case significant and worthy of reporting.
When research is being conducted on a particular legal point, the judges, practitioners and academics, like to have a quick entree into the judgment so they know what it's about and whether it's worth reading the whole thing in order to help solve the particular legal problem which they are facing.
Headnotes have always had that role, and have always been very popular with lawyers but I think headnotes are even more important now because judgments have become much longer than they used to be.
Updates: Reported cases are published bi-weekly in looseparts and bi-monthly in bound volume. Hong Kong Cases Unreported and Casebase are updated daily on our database
Format: HKC available in Looseparts, Bound Volumes and LexisHK (Online); HKCU and Casebase are online only publications