The best way to find the current (amended) text of English acts/statutes is to go to a subscription database: holders of an Oxford Single Sign On should consult either Westlaw UK or LexisLibrary. These will not just supply the text of the legislation, but supply links to related commentary - a first step on the next stage of research.
The UK government has a freely accessible website for legislation - but it may be slower to incorporate recent developments (eg amendments, repeals of sections). The status of each act is clearly indicated on the site. Legislation.gov.uk is a good source of explanatory notes for recent legislation, and for the text of modern acts as originally promulgated.
Student-friendly, potential time saver is the most recent edition of on at KM500 BLA Although this is usually updated annually, it can nevertheless slip behind the current state of legislation.
The Law Bod has a number of Libguides to foreign jurisdictions each of which will have sections on where to find the nation's legislation.
Note That unless English is one of the country's official languages, an English version will be a translation, and in all probability not considered authoritative.
The principal printed reports which include English criminal cases are listed below. The first column shows the usual abbreviation used in citations to each report series
|All ER||All England Reports|
|Cox CC||Cox's Criminal Cases|
|Cr App R||Criminal Appeal Reports|
|Cr App R (S)||Criminal Appeal Reports
|QBD||Queen's Bench Division|
|TLR||Times Law Reports|
|WLR||Weekly Law Reports|
These citations can be used in subcription databases to find, at least, the transcript of the judgment. If the case was subsequently reported, then the database will alert you to this fact.
|UKHL||United Kingdom House of Lords|
|UKSC||United Kingdom Supreme Court|
England & Wales Court of Appeal
England & Wales High Court
Crim LR is the abbreivation for the Criminal Law Review - in other words, a specialist law journal (which happens to publish useful case notes) not a law report series.
As it is a journal, it is shelved among the journals.
OU members have online access to this journal - but only from 1986 onwards - via Westlaw UK (see link below)