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Lexis+ UK Legal Research: How to use Lexis+ UK: Lexis+ UK Cases

How to access the Lexis Library database service and use it to find: case law, legislation, journal articles and more. This also includes information about how to access international materials on Lexis Library.

 

Lexis+ UK Legal Research

Lexis+ UK Legal Research will replace Lexis Library in the autumn of 2022. Content and functionality will remain similar.

Information on this guide will be updated as soon as possible.

For more information on using the new Lexis+ platform look at the following guides:


You can view a demonstration of Lexis+ UK Legal Research:

Log into Lexis

Lexis+ UK Cases Search

Lexis+ UK Legal Research – contains the full-text many law reports and official transcripts as well as ‘Case Overview’ analysis documents.

You can use the main search box onthe  Home page to search for cases. However, for more search options you may prefer to use the main 'Cases' search screen.

Under 'Content' below the main search box, select ‘Cases’. This takes you to the ‘Cases’ search screen, where using the Advanced Search options you can search by 'Case name', 'Search terms' or 'Citation'. Advanced search options also include specifying 'Judgment date', 'Court' and 'Judges'.

Once you have retrieved results, you can use the Case Overview document for a case to check its status and find out whether it can still be considered good law or whether it has been overruled or reversed. The Case Overview document also provides you with other supplementary information about the case.

 

How to use Lexis Library Cases search to find cases by:

e.g. Cadder v H M Advocate

After logging into Lexis+ you are at the home page. You can search for cases using the main search box, but it is often more useful to use the ‘cases’ search if specifically looking for cases.

From the ‘Content’ options below the search box, select ‘Cases’. You are now on the cases search page. Select ‘Advanced Search’ above the search box. You now see options for searching for terms in document ‘segments’ (or fields).

To search for a case by case name we can enter the party names in the ‘Case name’ box, for example: Cadder advocate. Select the search button beside the main search box and a list of results is displayed.

e.g. 2011 SC (UKSC) 13

After logging into Lexis+ you are at the home page. You can search for cases using the main search box, but it is often more useful to use the ‘cases’ search if specifically looking for cases.

From the ‘Content’ options below the search box, select ‘Cases’. You are now on the cases search page. Select ‘Advanced Search’ above the search box. You now see options for searching for terms in document ‘segments’ (or fields).

To search for acase by citation youcan enter this in the ‘Citation’ search box, for example: 2011 SC (UKSC) 13. Select the search button beside the main search box and a list of results is displayed.

You can then select a document to view.

e.g. cases which centred on the defence of reasonable excuse being used in the context of carrying an offensive weapon as part of a costume.

After logging into Lexis+ you are at the home page. You can search for cases using the main search box, but it is often more useful to use the ‘cases’ search if specifically looking for cases.

From the ‘Content’ options below the search box, select ‘Cases’. You are now on the cases search page. Select ‘Advanced Search’ above the search box. You now see options for searching for terms in document ‘segments’ (or fields).

To search for cases by topic or facts, you can enter our search terms in the ‘All of these terms’ box, for example: "offensive weapons" AND "reasonable excuse" AND costume.(Here exact phrases are indicated by inverted commas, and because you want to find all the terms in a document these are linked with AND.)

(Another option would be to enter our search terms in the ‘Summary’ box in the ‘Advanced search’ – this would only find documents where editors at Lexis had included the words as terms in the Headnote or as Catchwords when indexing the case.)

Select ‘Add’, then select the search button beside the main search box.

The results are displayed. You can then follow links to view reports and other documents related to these cases.

After logging into Lexis+ you are at the home page. You can search for cases using the main search box, but you may prefer to browse for cases by report series and volume.

From the ‘Content’ options below the search box, select ‘Cases’. You are now on the cases search page.

From the cases Search screen, select 'Case Reports' (or 'Case Summaries' or 'Judgments').

You can then navigate from report series title, to volume, to case by using +/-.

Select the case name to view full-text.

Lexis+ Cases search results

The search results list displays records matching your query.

Records include links individual reports and transcripts of a case as well as ‘Case Overview’ analysis documents.

Select the overview or citation links to view the available documents.

How to check the status of a case on Lexis+

The 'Case Overview' document helps you check whether a case can still be relied on as good law.

  1. Search for a case
  2. In the search results, from the case record, select the ‘Case Overview’ link.
  3. Look at the ‘Case history’ and ‘Cases referring to this case’ sections. These indicate whether the case has been overruled, reversed, affirmed or otherwise considered.

Tip: A red warning icon is also displayed in records for cases which are no longer authority.

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