World Trials

Database content

The World Trials Library is part of the HeinOnline database.  It consists of digitised trial reports and court documents, together with commentary and biographies of famous lawyers.  The collection ranges from ancient times (the trial of Socrates) up to the twentieth century. It includes series such as Howell's State Trials, American State Trials, Macdonnell's State Trials, Law Reports of Trials of War Criminals and Cox's Reports of Cases in Criminal Law.


Onsite access through the IALS account is available in IALS, SAS, SHL and University of London law departments.

Remote access is available to IALS and SAS staff, fellows and students, University of London law staff and students (including LLM students) via a current IALS Library card or SAScard.  Remote access via Athens/Shibboleth is arranged by each University of London law department and ULIP for their registered law staff and students.


Click on the Search tab to bring up the search facilities.

Field Search allows you to search by publication title and/or author; you can also search for  key words and phrases, using the Text box.  Select either the whole World Trials collection, or just one work.  The search can be restricted to one or more sections of the data, e.g. table of cases, [table of] contents, index.

Advanced Search allows you to search by word or phrase. Select either the whole collection, or just one title. You can restrict your search  to one or more sections of the data.

Tip:  You may get more relevant results if you restrict your search to the tables of contents, or tables of cases.  For example, if you want to find the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots, enter "Mary Queen of Scots" and tick Contents.



The World Trials Library is arranged alphabetically by title. Click on a title to browse the component volumes of a series, or the contents list of a single-volume work.

Note that full titles are used, not popular names. This means that, for example, that the series usually known as Howell's State Trials is listed under its full title, Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors.  If you do not know the full title of the publication that you want, use the Title Lookup tab to search for it by key word: for example, you could enter "howell" to find the above publication.

Printing and downloading

Once you have found the document that you want, click on the printer icon which appears above it; this offers both downloading and printing facilities.