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An official or formal statement of facts or proceedings. To give an account of; to relate; to tell or convey information; the written statement of such an account.For example, one kind of report is the formal statement in writing made to a court by a master, a clerk, or a referee who has been appointed to inquire into a particular matter for the court. Sometimes the report of a public official is distinguished from a return. A return typically discloses something done or observed by the official, whereas a report shows the results of an investigation into matters outside the personal knowledge of the official.

Regularly published volumes of books containing accounts of decisions and opinions of various courts are sometimes referred to as reports, but more often they are called reporters.

The Annual Report for stockholders is prepared by a corporation, a consumer report describes the qualities of a manufactured product, and a credit report assesses the creditworthiness of a business or consumer for a bank or other lender.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


a written account of a decided case giving the main points of the argument on each side, the court's findings, and the decision reached. See also RUBRIC.
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REPORT, legislation. A statement made by a committee to a legislative assembly, of facts of which they were charged to inquire.

REPORT, practice. A certificate to the court made by a master in chancery, commissioner or other person appointed by the court, of the facts or matters to be ascertained by him, or of something of which it is his duty to inform the court.
     2. If the parties in the case accede to the report, find no exceptions are filed, it is in due time confirmed; if exceptions are filed to the report, they will, agreeably to the rules of the court, be heard, and the report will either be confirmed, set aside, or referred. back for the correction of some error. 2 Madd. Ch. 505; Blake's Ch. Pr. 230; Vin. Ab. h.t.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Exhibit 3 lists the various partial, tentative and final reports available through the process and report generator.
Knowing what questions to ask has been part of successfully using a report generator as well.
Veterans of the effort to band dBASE III+ to library purposes have struggled mightily with the program's report generator. The routine allows users to easily specify the contents of field to be included in printed reports and save the format for repeated use.
The new system's report generator has been 'a godsend.'
Hovitaga Report Generator can reduce this to minutes, by generating the whole report source code based on an SQL query.
Mandarin includes inventory capabilities, statistical analysis, a report generator, and union catalog capabilities.
Its integrated Report Generator also provides complete word-processing capabilities, allowing you to automatically link IR analysis images to graphs and text.
PCMS includes a report generator designed for non-programmers.
Its clinical product is called OBRA+, and offers within its basic software not only the usual OBRA documentation, but a "Time Tracker" -- it automatically tracks due dates and tickler files and produces reports on a daily-to-yearly basis -- and a Report Generator -- geared to more generalized reports for staff and management.
The 4GL report generator may appear as a list of choices for the formatting, sorting, and subtotalling of the data on the report.