Digests contain summaries of court cases. These collections of case digests are usually an attempt to provide the researcher with an exhaustive list of cases for a particular jurisdiction or subject area.
or via WestlawNext Canada . Canada’s most comprehensive case digest service. The Abridgment covers virtually every case reported in Canada since the earliest times (1803), and unreported cases since 1986, with the exception of Quebec civil law cases.
When consulting the print version of this multi-volume set to find relevant cases by subject, use either the Key & Research Guide, which provides a detailed table of contents for each subject area, or the General Index volume. Once you have located case digests on your topic in the relevant bound volume, update your research by consulting the soft cover supplement, and monthly issues of Canadian Current Law for more recent case summaries.
If you want to read the full text of a decision, write down the case citations given at the end of the digest. For example: Rooney v Chan (1992), 76 BCLR (2d) 186. Legal citations include: the name of the parties, the year of the decision, the volume number, the abbreviation for the law reports set, a series statement (if any) and the first page of the decision. Check the Abbreviations table published in the front of the bound volumes of the Abridgment to determine the full name of the set of law reports. Search the title in the UBC Library catalogue to find the exact location.
Covers all of the U.S. federal and state cases reported in the National Reporter System. For each case, editorial staff write a headnote for every point of law that is discussed. Each headnote is then assigned a Topic and Key Number that corresponds to that particular area of law. The System allows a researcher to find decisions from any time period, in any U.S. jurisdiction, on any specific topic. WestlawNext Canada users can search an online version of the American Digest System by using features such as hyperlinked Key Numbers or a ‘Key Number Search Tool’, to find additional case law.