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The Indian Law Reports Act, 1875

The Indian Law Reports Act, 1875

The Indian Law Reports Act, 1875

[ACT NO. 18 of 1875]

13th October 1875

The second section of the Indian Law Reports Act (II of 1875) declares that every judgment of any High Court established under Ss. 24 and 25Vic, c. 104 shall, if reported in the authorised reports, have the same authority in all subordinate Courts beyond the limits of its appellate jurisdiction as, independently of the Act, such judgment would have within such limits. The Secretary of State for India objects to this provision and suggests that Act 2 of 1875 should be repealed and re-enacted with the omission of the second section. The present Bill has been prepared to give effect to this suggestion.”-Gaz. of Ind., 1875, Pt. V, p. 139.

Act for the improvement of Law Reports. 1[* * * *]

The districts of Hazaribagh, Lohardaga and Manbhum, and Pargana Dalbhum and the Kolhan in the District of Singbhum. (The District of Lohardaga included at this time the present district of Palamau, which was separated in 1894; Lohardaga is now called the Ranchi district, see Calcutta Gaz. 1899, Pt. I., P. 44) – see the Gaz of India1881, Pt. I, p 504. All these areas are in Bihar State.

The Act has been extended to the new Provinces and Merged States by the Merged States (Laws) Act 1949 (59 of 1949) sec 3 ( 1-1-1959) and to the Sates of the Manipur, Tripura and Vidhya Pradesh by the Union Territories (Laws)Act 1950 (30 of !950) sec. 3 ( 16-4-1950). Manipur and Tripura are Union Territories now Vidhya Pradesh has merged with the State of Madhya Pradesh. -See Act 37 of 1950, sec. 9(1)(e).

1. Preamble repealed by A.O., 1937.

2. Repeal of Act 2 of 1875

[Repealed by the Repealing Act, 1876 (12 of 1876).]

3. Authority given only to authorised reports.

No Court shall be bound to hear cited, or shall receive or treat as an authority binding on it, the report of any case 1[decided by any High Court for 2[State]], other than a report published under the authority of 3[any State Government].

1. Substituted for “decided on or after the said day by any High Court for a Part A State” by Part B States (Laws) Act, 1951 (III of 1951), sec, 3 and Sch, ( 1-4-1951 ).

2. Substituted for “Part A or Part B State” by 2 A.L.O., 1956.

3. The original words “the Governor-General in Council” have successively been amended by the Devolution Act, 1920 (38 of 1920), A.O., 1937 and A.L.O., 1950 to read as above. 4. Authority of judicial decisions.

Nothing herein contained shall be construed to give to any judicial decision any further or other authority than it would have had if this Act had not been passed.”

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