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Legal research: the unreported story

Legal research: the unreported story

Posted by matt-terrell | 30 March 2013

“Headnotes reign supreme when it comes to digesting cases because they tell you what happened and what the result was. They give you the facts,” a London-based barrister said to me last year.

A true and succinct assessment – just like a headnote. In the digital age where there’s so much case law online and, in turn, so much that potentially needs to be read, a headnote is just what you need. Are they enough, though?

Is the current system of law reporting really adequate? No, I would say. What’s interesting is looking at why it’s not, developments to improve it and the impact that these changes might have on the way the law is reported and how it will be researched in the future…

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