Case law Research – Review – Friday, August 30 at 9:30 AM

Federal and state cases are published in print repositories (reports or reporters) and digitally.

Case law research:

  1. finding a case when you know its citation (a) volume number,b) reporter abbreviation, and c) page number where the decision starts)- e.g., 165 A.D.2d 519, 568 N.Y.S.2d ;
  2. finding the seminal case in an area of law from a secondary source (treatise, encyclopedia, etc) (e.g., see footnotes in 74 N.Y. Jur. 2d Landlord and Tenant § 55)
  3. finding case law which applies/interprets a statute (use the statutory annotations) – all cases applying (e.g., section 226-b of real property law – McKinneys);
  4. finding cases by using the West Key number system;
  5. finding cases which apply an administrative rule (full text search) e.g.,  9 N.Y.C.R.R. 2521
  6. finding all cases which cite the seminal case (using citators, Shepards or KeyCite)

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