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Shepardizing

Shepardizing is the process whereby you verify if the relevant case/statute you have found is still good law. It is very important that you shepardize your cases/statutes.

Shepardizing a CASE

From Shepards:

  1. Enter the citation.
  2. Click "CHECK"
  3. Citations to any references to your case in state and federal courts, law review articles and periodicals, treatises, briefs, motions, and pleadings will be listed. NOTE: Our subscription does not give us access to all documents however, you can use the citation to find references in print or other databases.
  4. Use the legend located at the bottom of every page to interpret the signals. See below for a screenshot of the shepards signals.

From the case entry: 

  1. Once you find a relevant case, click the "Shepards" link at the top left of the page. (see screenshot below)
  2. Citations to any references to your case in state and federal courts, law review articles and periodicals, treatises, briefs, motions, and pleadings will be listed. NOTE: Our subscription does not give us access to all documents however, you can use the citation to find references in print or other databases.
  3. Use the legend located at the bottom of every page to interpret the signals. See above for a screenshot of the shepards signals.

Shepardizing a STATUTE

Unfortunately, it is not possible to shepardize a statute via LexisNexis Academic. However, there is an alternative.

  1. Search for the statute in the main Legal section of LexisNexis Academic. (For Example, Cal Health & Saf Code § 1367.25)
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the entry, if there has been judicial action on the statute, it will be listed under "NOTES OF DECISIONS." If there are no "Notes of Decisions" then the statute has not be challenged in court. (See screenshot for example.)

 

 

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