27/06/16 The Meaning of ‘RECORD’ in Legal English

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Record frequently occurs in law in the phrases in the record and of record (e.g. attorney of record). Usually record refers to the official report of the proceedings in any case coming before a court, together with the judgement given in the case, taken down by a court reporter. The record is read on appeal by the judges who review it for reversible errors. In administrative law, record refers to all considerations actually taken into account in deciding an issue.

Record has come to be used adjectivally as shorthand for in the record. E.g., “We find no record support

[i.e. support in the record] for this contention.” It is preferable not to collapse the prepositions into a nominal adjective in this way. [Read We find no support in the record for this contention.]