The First-Third Part of The Reports of Sr George Croke

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by Sir George Croke

His manuscript collections of reports contained notes on increasingly complete runs of cases stretching from the reign of Elizabeth up to 1640, and Grimston translated them from Norman French into English and prepared them for publication as The Reports of Sir George Croke, Knight. Since they covered a period that was relatively poorly served by printed reports, and because the collection contained cases that had been tried when Croke himself was sitting on the bench, Grimston began by publishing in 1657 those covering the reign of Charles I. Two further volumes—one for James I, and another for the reign of Elizabeth—were published in 1659 and 1661, and the whole went through two further editions before 1685. Croke had approached his work within the tradition of Plowden and Coke, law reporters who were interested in arguments, and the names of those who made them, as well as the substance of the decision, but as Grimston noted in his preface, Croke's mature style was notable for its concision: here the Case is shortly stated according to the points in Law, therein to be discussed and adjudged, the reasons plainly and succinctly laid down, and yet the matter intended truly uttered, and, as near as may be, in the name and words of the party who delivered it, and the former Authorities to warrant the same summarily vouched. (Croke, A3) [1]

Bibliographic Information

Author: Sir George Croke

Title: The First-Third Part of The Reports of Sr George Croke Kt.: Late One of the Justices of the Court of Kings-Bench, and Formerly One of the Justices of the Court of Common-Bench, of Such Select Cases as were Adjudged in the Said Courts

Publication Info: London : Printed by W. Rawlins, S. Roycroft, and H. Sawbridge, assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins, Esquires, 1683.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary calf.


  1. Christopher W. Brooks, ‘Croke, Sir George (c.1560–1642)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 5 June 2013