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Key. Cite for Statutes
Key. Cite for Statutes • Key. Cite History indicates whether the statute is GOOD LAW. • Key. Cite Citing References lists cases, pending legislation, administrative materials, and secondary sources that discuss or cite the statute. • Notes of Decisions (annotations) are the headnotes from cases that significantly interpreted or applied the statute.
Key. Cite History for Statutes Key. Cite flags indicate the status of the statute. A red flag indicates that the statute has been • • Recently amended Repealed Ruled unconstitutional Preempted
Key. Cite History for Statutes A yellow flag indicates that the statute • • • Has pending legislation Has been renumbered Has been transferred Contains an editor’s amendment note Was limited on constitutional or preemption grounds or its validity was otherwise called into doubt
Key. Cite History for Statutes includes • Updating documents (recently passed public laws) that have amended or repealed the statute • Pending Legislation (current bills) that may affect the statute (available for USCA and most state statutory codes) • Credits, also called Text Amendments, are public laws that have enacted, amended, or renumbered a statute) • Historical and Statutory Notes, also called Editor’s Notes, describe the legislative changes that have affected the statute
Updating Documents PL 108 -177 • • 12 USCA 3401 was amended December 13, 2004. 3401 links to Legislative Action, which are Updating Document(s). Updating Documents are recent Public Laws. Updating Document page links to Public Law 108 -177.
Public Law 108 -177 amends 12 USCA 3401
Pending Legislation Pending Bills • The yellow flag indicates there is pending legislation • Pending Legislation are bills that could affect the statute. • You can link to the pending legislation.
Key. Cite Citing References for Statutes 1. Key. Cite Citing References are legal documents that discuss or mention your statute. 2. Citing references include 1. Pending legislation 2. Notes of Decisions (annotations) in USCA 3. Cases on Westlaw that do not appear in Notes of decisions (for example, unreported cases or cases too new to have headnotes) 4. Administrative materials 5. Secondary sources, such as ALR articles, Am Jur 2 d sections, law reviews, and treatises.
Citing References Limit Key. Cite Display • 42 USCA 1981 (the equal rights statute) had 33, 931 Citing References on January 16, 2004. • Click Limit Key. Cite Display to limit the citing references to the ones of most use to you.
You can limit citation results by any number or combination of Apply • Select the limits you want to apply to your list of citing references • Click Apply. • Notes of Decisions (by subtopic) • Locate • Jurisdiction • Date • Document type
Using the criteria chosen on the previous screen, the citing references have been reduced from 33, 931 to six.