Law: Reference & Topical Research

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Case Law Fields

Judge - JU()
Concurring - CON()
Dissenting - DIS()
Synopsis - SY()
Digest - DI()
Synopsis/Digest - SY,DI()
Title - TI()
Topic - TO()
Headnote - HE()
Attorney - AT()
Opinions - OP()
Lead - LE()
Prelim - PR()

Statute and Regulation Fields

Prelim - PR()
Caption - CA()
Credit - CR()
Historical Notes - HN()
References - RE()
Annotations - AN()
Summary - SU()
State - ST()

Journal, Law Review, and Legal Encyclopedia Fields

Title - TI()
Author - AU()
Summary - SU()
Jurisdictions - JU()
References - RE()
Topic - TO()
Prelim - PR()


Common Case Law Sections

The following list provides a description of the most commonly used case law document sections. Not all sections appear in every document.

Cite: the citation of the case in an official reporter or parallel reference.
Counsel: the name of individuals, law firms, or organizations representing a party of interest in the case.
Court: the name of the court that heard the case.
Disposition: the final decision of the court. You can search segment by date.
History: the prior and subsequent history of the case.
Judges: the names of the judges hearing the case.
Name: the names of all the parties involved in a case.
Number: the docket number(s) assigned to a case by the court.
Opinion: the text of the opinion issued by the court. It includes the majority, dissent, and concurrance.
Writtenby: the name of the judge(s) authoring the opinion, including the majority, concurrence, and dissent.


Common Statutes Segments

The following list provides a description of the most commonly used document sections in statutes. Not all segments appear in every document.

Cite: the citation for a document.
Heading: the number and name of the topic under which a document has been organized.
History: the history of a document.
Notes: the editorial notes pertaining to a document.
Section: the number and caption of a document.
Text: the text of a document.
Unanno: searches, displays, and prints a document without annotations.