Use and Analysis of Case Law: How to Read a Case
Learn how to read cases, use them in your research and analysis, and determine their authoritativeness; learn about stare decisis and other jurisprudential principles.
Welcome to Use and Analysis of Case Law: How to Read a Case. A case, perhaps better called a judicial opinion or decision, is a court’s written explanation for its resolution of a controversy. This lesson will cover three topics: the components of judicial opinions, the authoritativeness of judicial opinions, and the effective use of case law.
The usual components of a decision are: the statement of facts, the procedural history, a statement of the issue, a statement of the law, the...