Deciphering legal abbreviations

SCOTUS, CL, All ER … Law is full of abbreviations and acronyms.

Fortunately, the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations allows you to search for an abbreviation to find its full meaning.

Cardiff Legal Abbreviations

The website allows you to enter an abbreviation into the search box and choose either ‘Exact’ or ‘Close’. Search by abbreviation

‘Exact’ will return results that exactly match your search term, while ‘Close’ will expand the search to include similar results.

All ER results

As well as revealing the full meaning of the abbreviation, the results page will show a list of alternative abbreviations, and the jurisdiction that they apply to.


You can access the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations here.

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