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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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Two days of public hearings were held followed by one day of clause-by-clause consideration and the bill was reported back to the House with certain amendments.
Everyone in the squad has reported back fit and done what we asked of them during their break."
The Bluebirds reported back to University of Glamorgan Playing Fields, Trefforest, today, but that training base is likely to switch during the season.
Dyer has been given permission to report back for training on June 21 having been involved in England's Euro 2004 campaign, while Shay Given reported back for training today having been with the Republic of Ireland for their summer friendlies.
Any violations will be reported back to Security Council.
And, as he taped phone calls, wore a wire in illegal cartel meetings, cooperated with the FBI to arrange videotaping of secret meetings, and reported back to his FBI handlers, Whitacre handed the FBI the explosive evidence that would be used to leverage the corporate plea agreements and win the conviction of Mick Andreas and another top ADM executives.
GREAT BRITAIN scrum-half Paul Deacon has reported back for training less than two months after his life was threatened by an horrific facial injury.