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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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Incident reports identified 5 cases related to a therapeutic intervention, in 2 of which there was an error during administration, while the rest were considered unavoidable or due to undeterminable circumstances.
DIMP's goal for incident reports is to identify potential risks that primarily affect the public.
We showed those few who continued to route paper incident report forms how to use the site and told them how much faster we could respond to their requests.
The incident report form contained "boxes" for date and time of the incident, location, person(s) involved with the incident, departments notified, patient's mental status prior to the incident, patient's attending physician and patient's diagnosis.
note the Incident Report dated April 10, 2018 relative to Ballot Box No.
The Responder Incident Report aims to prevent miscommunication between responders and to reduce the time spent on the roadway by ensuring appropriate equipment is dispatched quickly to the scene.
Have incident reports increased since the initial observations of under-reporting were noted?
As I worked at UHW and know a little about how the system works, we insisted on seeing the ward sister, made a formal complaint and asked for an incident report to be logged.
The Health Center's staff prepared a hospital incident report regarding the incident.
The incident report should document all known details and facts of criminal gang members/associates or criminal gang activity involved in the incident.
One recent notice was a lengthy incident report from a facility concerning the death of an elderly male resident from aspiration.
In a recent Illinois case, both the attorney/client and the work product privilege were found to protect confidential documents.(5) The hospital's risk manager prepared investigative reports under standing orders from inside counsel after she received an incident report indicating that an elderly patient had fallen out of bed and received a head injury.

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