What is a Key Number?

  • When writing the headnotes, the West editor gives each one a headline (broad topic) selected from a list of about 450 possibilities.
  • Some examples are Landlord and TenantIntoxicating Liquors, and Automobiles
  • Finally, the editor will assign the headnote a specific subtopic, such as Injury to Tenant or Occupant. In West digests, this subtopic is represented by a number called a key number.

Example of Key Numbers

                                   76EKey Number Symbol155 In general

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