Intro. to Criminal Law - Westlaw - Cosgrove Militano

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Intro. to Criminal Law - Westlaw - Cosgrove Militano

  1. 1. WESTLAWNEXT Introduction to Criminal Law – Cosgrove Militano
  2. 2. This is what you see when you first open WestlawNext! The search box is designed like Google for simplicity. 24/7 assistance
  3. 3. WESTLAWNEXT Introduction to Criminal Law – Cosgrove Militano
  4. 4. When you select any court in Westlaw, in this case the NY Supreme Court Appellate Division (intermediate level appeals court), you first get a list of the top to most recently decided cases for that court.
  5. 5. Type in your crime / aspect of criminal law you would like case law on.
  6. 6. 1. A court issues an opinion in a case. 2. A copy of the case is obtained by West, where attorney-editors read the cases and pick out the points of law or legal issues in the case. 3. These legal issues or points of law are summarized in a “headnote” and assigned a topic and key number.
  7. 7. After the Headnotes comes the official opinion of the Court.
  8. 8. LET’S RUN ANOTHER EXAMPLE.
  9. 9. By choosing “Most Detail” you get a snapshot of how your search terms are used in the case. This can help you determine which cases are relevant.
  10. 10. Remember you can sort your results by date – most recent cases first.
  11. 11. You may want to add a term or concept to further focus your set of search results.
  12. 12. Help with case law interpretation!
  13. 13. Interpretation of the felony murder rule
  14. 14. QUESTIONS? Contact v.waldin@hvcc.edu or Val Waldin at 518.629.7319

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