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Law - Europe: EU Cases

What does 'case citation' mean?

A case is usually referred to using a case citation.

A law report citation tells you where to find a case in law report series:

The case number for an ECJ case includes: prefix to indicate the court (C); case number (26) and year (62).

What is a law report abbreviation?

Often a law report series will be referred to using an abbreviation, e.g. ECR for European Court Reports.

To find out what an abbreviation means, check the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations or Raistrick's Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations.

What is a CELEX number?

A CELEX number is a unique identifier for a document in EUR-Lex.

EU case law

The Court of Justice of the European Union interprets EU law to make sure it is applied in the same way in all EU countries. You can find out more about the Court of Justice on the Europa website.

The Court of Justice comprises three courts:

The official reports of cases are published in the European Court Reports (also known as Reports of Cases before the Court of Justice and the General Court). They contain the judgments and opinions of the ECJ and Advocates-General:

  • Court of Justice cases (prefixed with 'C') - Volume I;
  • General Court (prefixed with 'T') - Volume II;
  • Civil Service Tribunal cases (prefixed with 'F').

Where can I find EU case law?

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