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Legal Research

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1. The process used to synthesize legal principles from all prior cases with similar facts and similar issues of law to arrive at a decision in a specific case

2. The appellate court reviews the record for prejudicial legal errors committed in the trial court but gives great deference to the findings of fact; factual findings are generally reversed only when they are 'arbitrary or capricious'

3. 88 C.J.S. Trial A 107 (1980).

4. Primary authority

5. Case reports - published by West - that divides the United States into seven geographical regions and reports the decisions of the highest appellate court of each state within that region.

6. L.Ed or L.Ed.2d

7. Advance sheet published weekly by the Bureau of National Affairs

8. Decennial Digest

9. Alabama - Florida - Louisiana - and Mississippi

10. Shepard's Citators

11. Legal publisher noted for its extensive use of annotations.

12. Reported selectively

13. Within the federal system - the chronologically published rules and regulations of administrative agencies

14. Published by Lawyers Co-op

15. Digests

16. A proposed legislative measure

17. A bill that has been adopted into a law but has been printed singly rather than as a part of a group of laws

18. Statutory law

19. 1. case name 2. case reporter in which the case is published (include volume number - abbreviation of case reporter - and page where case begins); 3. identity of court issuing the opinion 4. year in which the decision was issued; and 5. subsequent hi

20. Govern the types of evidence that are admissible in criminal and civil trials and - in some situations - the manner in which the evidence can be presented during trial

21. Sometimes called adjective law - it prescribes the manner in which substantive laws must be enforced.

22. 1. full name of author; 2. the word 'Annotation'; 3. title of annotation (underscored or in italics); 4. volume number of A.L.R. series 5. abbreviation for Annotated Law Reports 6. page number where the annotation begins; 7. year of publication

23. The cited authority states a proposition that is different from the proposition stated by the writer - but the proposition stated in the cited authority is sufficiently similar to lend support to the writer's proposition

24. Statutes at Large

25. Products of West Legal Studies

26. Arkansas - Kentucky - Missouri - Tennessee - Texas - and Indian Territories

27. Selected decisions

28. Govern the form and procedure for appeals from the U.S. District Court to the Court of Appeals within the federal system

29. Federal Supplement (F. Supp.) - Federal Reporter - Second Series (F.2d) - Federal Reporter (F.) - Federal Cases (F. Cas.) - all unofficial and all published by West

30. Unofficial U.S. Supreme Court case reporter published by Lawyers Co-op

31. All slip laws enacted during a legislative session that are arranged in chronological order according to date of enactment

32. Is used in legal memoranda and briefs to indicate the full citation for the case follows at a later point in the memorandum or brief

33. The cited authority presents helpful background information about the proposition

34. An unofficial publication of law that uses the key number system to aid the researcher

35. Legal document that carries the most weight and embodies the government's authority to exist and serves as an outline for the exercise of governmental powers.

36. How civil actions are handled - including rules that cover the complaint - summons - answer - discovery process - trial - and post-trial procedures

37. Official case reporter for the U.S. Supreme Court

38. Summarized statute topics

39. Reviews the record for errors of law and reaches its own factual finding.

40. Encyclopedia

41. Extensive selected annotations

42. 1. full name of author 2. designation of type of article (required only if written by student); 3. title of article (italicized or underscored) 4. volume number of law review 5. abbreviated name of law review 6. page number where article begins; and

43. John Willis - Annotation - Industrial Noise: Promoting an Unsafe Work Enviroment - 76 A.L.R. Fed. 489 (1986).

44. Presidential proclamations

45. U.S.

46. The court's ruling or disposition of the case (whether affirmed - reversed - remanded - or dismissed)

47. Congressional Record will provide the most direct access to the text of the statute

48. An unofficial publication of law that is known for its extensive use of annotations

49. Summarize judicial opinions

50. Is used in the first 50 volumes of the United States Reports plus all unofficial reporters of Supreme Court decisions