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What is case law?

What is case law?

  • Also known as opinions or decisions
  • The body of prior judicial decisions that guide judges deciding issues before them.
  • Depending on the relationship between the deciding court and the precedent, case law may be binding or merely persuasive.

Elements of a Published Case

  • Case Name
  • Docket Number
  • Deciding Court
  • Date of Decision
  • Case Summary or Synopsis
  • Headnotes
  • Names of Counsel
  • Author of Opinion, Judge's Name
  • Opinion

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