Friday, January 07, 2005

BAILII citations and hyperlinks to Sup Ct cases

A message from John Mee of UCC Law Department:

Dear all

In a previous email I mentioned that the Courts Service had agreed to adopt the BAILII ( convention for vendor neutral citations of Irish cases and BAILII had agreed to renumber its Supreme Court cases for the years 2001 to 2004 (older cases are not affected). This renumbering has now been done and will require adjustments to be made by anyone who has set up hyperlinks to Supreme Court cases in the relevant years. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. It is BAILII's policy to keep the web addresses of cases fixed - it is only when a court comes around to adopting vendor neutral citations that a once-off adjustment is necessary.

You can find the new url for a Sup Ct case by using the search facility we have set up at
Alternatively, you can find the new url on BAILII itself, by going to and finding the case alphabetically or by date.
The web address for each case is based on the IESC citation. For example, McG v F [2001] IESC 2 is at The web addresses for all Sup Ct cases follow this pattern, ie followed by the year of the citation followed by the number followed by ".html".
(Note that in a few instances BAILII has Sup Ct cases not on the Courts Service site. Such cases do not yet have an official vendor neutral citation and we have given them a number in a separate sequence beginning with 200 to indicate that the numbers are unofficial).

Yours sincerely

John Mee
Law Dept UCC