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Weekly Law Reports
The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England & Wales
Largely working "as a private enterprise without state aid or interference," the council "was not intended to be profit-making except in so far as it was necessary to make it self-supporting." Working on this principle, the Council applied in 1966 for registration to become an official charity under section 4 of the Charities Act 1960. Upon rejection by the Charity Commission the council appealed under section 5(3) of the 1960 Act, an action granted by Mr Justice Foster in the Chancery Division of the High Court. On appeal by the Inland Revenue to the Court of Appeal, who were joint defendants with the Attorney General, it was held that "the Council was established for exclusively charitable purposes since its purpose was to further the development and administration of the law and to make it known or accessible to all members of the community, which was a purpose beneficial to the community and of general public utility." In 1970, then, the ICLR was successfully registered as a charity in England and Wales.
The ICLR also has a set of criteria for law reporting, originally proposed by Nathaniel Lindley (who later became Master of the Rolls and subsequently a Lord of Appeal), which said that care should be taken to exclude from the reports those cases that passed without discussion and were valueless as precedents, and those that were substantially repetitions of earlier reports to which was added the following list of valuable (and thus worthy of reporting) categories:
All cases which introduce, or appear to introduce, a new principle or a new rule.
All cases which materially modify an existing principle or rule.
All cases which settle, or materially tend to settle, a question upon which the law is doubtful.
All cases which for any reason are peculiarly instructive.
The primary series of reports published by the ICLR is The Law Reports, which the Council maintains are "'the most authoritative reports' and should always be 'cited in preference where there is a choice'." This series is divided into four main sub-series:
Law Reports, Appeal Cases (AC), covering decisions of the House of Lords (and, since 2005, the Supreme Court), the Privy Council and the Court of Appeal – started in 1866 as the Law Reports, English & Irish Appeals, renamed in 1875 and redesigned in 1891;
Law Reports, Chancery Division (Ch), covering decisions of the Chancery Division of the High Court – started in 1865 as the Law Reports, Chancery Appeal Cases, renamed in 1875 and redesigned in 1890;
Law Reports, Family Division (Fam), covering decisions of the Family Division of the High Court – started in 1865 as the Law Reports, Probate & Divorce Cases, renamed Law Reports, Probate, Divorce & Admiralty Division in 1875, renamed Law Reports, Probate in 1891 and renamed in 1972; and
Law Reports, Queen's Bench (QB), covering decision of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court – started in 1865, renamed Law Reports, Queen's Bench Division in 1875, renamed in 1891, renamed Law Reports, King's Bench in 1901 and renamed in 1952.
It also published annual volumes of U.K. legislation from 1866 to 2010. 
Most of its reports were available electronically on Westlaw and LexisNexis until the beginning of 2017, when the ICLR instead published its reports exclusively on its platform.
^Lord WoolfCJ, Practice Direction (Judgments: Form and Citation),  1 W.L.R. 195, para. 3.1 (11 January 2001) ("For the avoidance of doubt, it should be emphasised that both the High Court and the Court of Appeal require that where a case has been reported in the official Law Reports published by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales it must be cited from that source. Other series of reports may only be used when a case is not reported in the Law Reports.").