WestlawNext – Searching for Case Law by Case Name, Citation, Judge, or Counsel (Tip of the Week)

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By Ken Fox

WestlawNext has powerful searching capabilities, but it is not always obvious how to perform some of the more basic functions – for example, searching for case law by common fields such as citation, case name, judge, etc.

First, access the site. If you are a Law Society of Saskatchewan member, and using our province-wide subscription, please access WLN through the link on the Members Section.

From the WLN homepage, click on the Cases and Decisions link – it is the first item under “Primary Sources.”

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This link will take you to a page that allows you to narrow a search by Jurisdiction or Topic – for most uses of the database, I would recommend bypassing this page, and going directly to the “ADVANCED” search, by using the link at the far right of the Search bar:

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The Advanced Search page provides notes about Connectors and Expanders, as well as various “advanced” searching fields in a grey-shaded area. If you scroll down the screen to the “Document Fields” – you will see many of the basic fields one is accustomed to using to find case law.

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For further searching advice, contact the library.

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