Selective Publication of Cases

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Selective Publication of Cases

In the United States, in the late 18th Century, at the time that West was developing its National Reporter System , other publishers were trying other alternatives to case reporting. One of these approaches were the publication of fulltext cases, but only of selected “leading cases”. In those selected set of court decisions, the publishers included commentaries, or Annotations . This editorial enlargement of the texts proved to be successful (contrary to the trend of selecting cases), and the ALR Annotations (born in 1919) was the successor of “Lawyers Reports Annoted”(LRA), which started in 1888.

Other Court Reports were “American Decisions”, “American Law Reports”(not the West product) and “America State Reports”, in publication between 1871 and 1911.

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American Law Reports (ALR), Annotations, Court Reports, Digests and American Law Reports, Key Number System, List of English Reports, List of U.S. Federal Court Reports, National Reporter System, U.S. Digests.

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