Find That Case!

Find That Case!

when I’m looking for cases I would normally start by using the practitioners textbooks and updates and then from that I would go to the hard copies of the law reports which referred to in the textbook if I wants to check a case I can find all the information I need online generally in between choosing online or printed version I tend to mix between the two I quite like the printed versions because it states the names of the cases on the front cover I find that I key in electronically where I think I want to be going and then I find the material that I get electronically and I use it in hard copy form if I want to find a case by name I go to the cases reported section of the consolidated index there I find case names listed alphabetically together with their citations if the case post states the most recent volume of the consolidated index I check the cases reported section of the latest pink indexes which I received three times a year as part of my subscription to the weekly door reports if I want to check a case I can find all the information I need online not to find a case I go on to one of the portals that are licensed to reproduce the official series reports depending on which portal I use it might look like this all this it appears on the screen as if it’s quite straightforward to use if I want to find a case by name I can type it into the search box and I just click the search button and I get a set of results they’re usually ranked in order of relevance showing name citations and the level at which each decision was made here is you can see the two hits that have been flagged as most relevant for the weekly no reports of the House of Lords decision and its subsequent republication in that year’s volume of Appeal cases to see if a yet more recent cases being reported I go to the Schumer’s of index of the latest edition of the weekly normal so the latest index is at the front in preparation for the moots it’s not always convenient to go into a library the ability to access little reports online has definitely changed the way I study law wherever I am if I want to do some study then I can just find the cases and the information the journals that I that I need and and I generally find the online version very good and very helpful imagine I’m going to be applying for an injunction and I want to check the House of Lords landmark decision in the American Cyanamid as reported in the appeal cases I would click on the corresponding entry in the list and there it is there I can also use my browser to search for it any individual words or phrases here I’m going to search for the dictum of Lord dip lock using my browser’s search facility I seem to remember him saying something about special factors I had a hunch and here it is if I am researching something new or where I don’t feel I’m completely comfortable in the area I go online look from my sources online and then I go to hard materials in the old days judges would insist on having the hard volumes produced in court but as we’re living the 21st century I’m allowed to produce the print out in court under paragraph 3.2 of Lord Wolf’s practice Direction 11th of January 2001 it’s the same practice direction that says we have to cite the official nor reports in preference to any other report if I want to find a case by subject matter I go to the subject matter section of the read index I look for the most applicable general subject heading then I scan the subheadings under which catch words of all the reported cases are set out along with the case names and references to where they’re reported you can see from the catch words what the critical issues were in a particular case there is an equivalent subject matter section in the pink index too I can also search the law reports by subject matter as you can see searching by subject matter throws are put differently organized set of results I use LexisNexis and West law and all the electronic databases one thing I like about the business law reports is it has an electronic collection of the reports and and they’re quite useful just for as you say for the broad scan and then you can come down to the law reports in hardcopy when you’ve focused your research if I’m looking for really up-to-the-minute cases I’ve actually come the links to the latest we clean or report dailies this brings me a list of cases I click on the case name this one looks interesting I can also search by date or court or subject matter depending on the heading and there you have it if I won’t see whether a particular case has been considered in a subsequent case I look for it in the table of cases judicially considered the red and pink indexes also contain cumulative tables of statutes statutory instruments and overseas and European community enactments judicially considered cases judicially considered we just click on the tab here I think what’s very useful Nayar by new online databases is that they can tell you the cases that have mentioned or dealt with particular sections of a statute so in either case you’re coming back to the law report in pupilage our knowledge of your sources where to find them and then how to use them is extremely important certainly as a people you’d be berated for putting a bad report of a case into any bundle for court if you hadn’t put the weeklies in and it was reported in the weeklies you would very much get in trouble with your pupil master and i think that’s basically because you know you can trust the issue of a well reported case it really makes a difference if you’ve got a reputation as a pupil who can do good research and drawing good resources i’ve received the weekly law reports for many years and I’ve always been impressed by the way that they’re immaculately reported and had noted I think it’s fair to say it’s indispensable indispensable in my view the law reports are indispensable you

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