Lexis for Criminal Law


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Lexis for Criminal Law

  1. 1. Criminal Justice Tutorial
  2. 2.  Your client has been charged with solicitation for allegedly attempting to buy drugs from an undercover officer. Find out if the New York Court of Appeals considers the charge appropriate.
  3. 3. This is the screen you first see.You need to know the case citation here, orthe party names. It’s better to bypass thisscreen and go directly to U.S. Legal (left toolbar).
  4. 4. Legal Topics = Headnotes Headnotes are summaries of the law, written by Lexis attorney-editors. More on why Headnotes are so importantin framing your search is explained in the next few slides.
  5. 5. The Court of Appeals is the highest court in New York State and the court with the greatest authority, followed by the Supreme Court (this is unusual!).You want to stick with Court of Appeals cases unless there are none, which is usually not the case. If you do thesearch correctly, you should find at least one relevant Court of Appeals case.
  6. 6. To print the list of Court of Appealscases, click the PRINT icon to the right.
  7. 7. To print the LIST OF CASES ONLY, select “List” atDocument View (for the list of NY Court of Appealscases), and “Current Category” for Document Range (Court of Appeals only – NOT all NY cases).
  8. 8. The Expanded List allows you to see how your search terms areused in the case. It gives you a snapshot of your case to allow you to determine if it appears to be relevant and one you would like to read in more depth.
  9. 9. You want topick the casethat is BOTH the most recent, andmost relevant. You need to balance bothrequirements.
  10. 10. Headnotes are summaries of the law, written by Lexis attorney-editors.They are not part of the official opinion written by the judge; but theyare excellent and vital resources for narrowing in on the key points of law in the case. HEADNOTES ARE KEY LEGAL RESEARCH TOOLS.
  11. 11. After you have read theHeadnotes and have made adecision that the case looks relevant, you need to read the actual opinion of the judge. The opinion is the official case. Remember, the Headnotesare simply interpretations of the law in the case, written by attorneys employed by Lexis.The OPINION is the official case!
  12. 12. So after all of this, how do you know your case is still good law? Answer: Shepardize.
  13. 13. - Warning: Negative treatment is indicated The main thing you need to know is if your case has been overruled by a later case. This case is ok. A yellow triangle is not fatal.
  14. 14. A red stop sign with an “X” usuallymeans your case is no longer good law.Find another case using the prior steps.
  15. 15. Now you can print, email, or download your case by choosingamong the icons in the upper right corner.
  16. 16. Remember,select “List”if you wantjust the list of cases.If you want the entirecase, select “FullDocument.”
  17. 17. If you are unsure of how to brief acase, check with your professor or use the Library Criminal Law Subject Guide.
  18. 18.  Academic Form Help: Easy Search or Ask a Librarian or Contact Reference: (518) 629-7337