Skip to main content

The Tarlton Law Library’s physical facility, including Special Collections, is closed until further notice. Tarlton’s librarians and staff remain actively engaged in providing library services. Student tech support ( and faculty and student reference assistance ( will be available during business hours. Students can also consult our Library and Technology Support FAQ ( for most frequently needed information.

Tarlton Law Library logo Texas Law Home Tarlton Law Library Home
Today's Operating Hours:

United Kingdom Law Research Guide

A guide to researching the law of the United Kingdom in Tarlton Law Library.


This research guide is designed to introduce researching the law of the United Kingdom using the materials available both in Tarlton Law Library and online.  The focus will be on freely available online resources, but some reference will be made to sources available on Westlaw, Lexis and HeinOnline.  Note that Scots law and Northern Ireland law differ in several ways from English law, both institutionally and substantively.  This guide deals with legal research that applies to the United Kingdom as a whole.

Basic Structure of the United Kingdom Court System

Basic chart showing the structure of the English court system


This graphic shows the judicial structure in England.  Scotland and Northern Ireland have different judicial systems.  A detailed PDF chart at the website of the UK Supreme Court displays all three judicial systems in operation in the United Kingdom.