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B. & S. - Best & Smith's Queen's Bench Reports (England)

  • Jurisdiction: United Kingdom
  • Dates covered: 1861-1869
  • Publisher/Reporter: William Mawdesley Best & George James Phillip Smith

Re-published as part of the English Reports, Volumes 121 to 122.

The original statement of scope:

"Reports of cases argued and determined in the Court of Queen's Bench, and the Court of Exchequer Chamber on appeal from the Court of Queen's Bench.

"By William Mawdesley Best, of Gray's Inn, and George James Phillip Smith, of the Inner Temple, Esquires, Barristers at Law...."

One of the most popular quotations from Best & Smith is Redhead v Midland Railway Company, at 9 B. & S. 519 (1869), at 538, where Justice Smith concludes:

"The case of the plaintiff, so far as it relies on authority, fails in precedent. And so far as it rests on principle, fails in reason."

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