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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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Anyone who has a copy of Access installed on their desktop has access to a report writer. Open an MDB database and you will find it in the Reports tab.
These systems do, nonetheless, have the ability to modify or create certain reports through their report writers and can provide a sound basis for many companies to run their businesses.
Facts of offence, aggravating and mitigating factors Both the 1992 and 1995 National Standards require the report writer to analyse the facts of the current offence and to draw attention to possible aggravating and mitigating circumstances (Home Office et al.
The best alternative to using spreadsheet software for reporting is the custom report writer that comes as an expensive option with virtually all high-end property management accounting software and some low-to-medium-end software.
A convenient feature is the ability to view previous results, as well as to use the QUICK REPORT WRITER. This mode allows the user to side-step the full REPORT WRITER and display favorite parameters of an analyzed circuit.
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This includes a world-class Excel-based report writer. Another exciting aspect of our Salesforce integration is how quick and easy it is to set up.
A new report writer offers enhanced capability and a simpler user interface.
For the past 18 months Ms Commins has worked as a project manager and report writer in Sudan.
This latest release features enhancements to many of the system's core modules, most notably budget development, allocations and the financial report writer.