Legal Research

Checklist for Using West Digests

1. Find a West Topic and Key Number via:

          - Descriptive Word Index

          - Topic outline

          - West Reporter Case headnote from a known case

          - Table of Cases

          - cross-reference from CJS, USCA, etc.

          - reference in ALR 5th

2.  Locate the digest set that covers the jurisdiction you are interested in -- Kentucky Digest

3.  Find the volume in the set that contains the topic or subject heading of your Key Number

4.  Find the specific Key-Numbered subjects

5.  Update your research by checking the pocket parts under the same Key Number

6.  If necessary, use the same Key Number to find cases under the same topic in other digests

7.  West Cite  all relevant cases found in your digest research to make sure that it is still good law


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