American Digest System (Thomson/West)

A digest ...digests are collections of headnotes arranged in topical order. To digest a deposition is to summarize each page. is a collection of summaries, similar to headnotes, collected in topical order An official command by the court, usually demanding that one or both of the parties perform an act. . They act as an index to case a legal dispute. Case sometimes means the matter on which an attorney or paralegal are working for the client, as in “our client’s case is going to trial next week.” The word may also refer to an opinion, which is a written decision of the court, such as Roe v. Wade law the rules, standards, and enforceable expectations of society .  The primary publisher of digests is West.  For instance, the Pacific Reporter a law book containing opinions of the court, also called cases. A reporter, as opposed to reports, is unofficial, meaning it is published by a private publisher.  The Pacific Reporter publishes state appellate and supreme court opinions from the Pacific region. has the Pacific Digest .  Colorado has the Colorado Digest .  The Federal Reporter ...The reporter by West (Thomson) that publishes U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinions, the federal intermediate appellate court. and Federal Supplement ...Law book containing opinions (cases) from the United States District Court, which is the federal trial court. has the Federal national Practice Digest.  The Supreme Supreme Court Reporter ...a law book containing opinions of the court, also called cases. A reporter, as opposed to reports, is unofficial, meaning it is published by a private publisher.  The Supreme Court Reporter publishes U.S. Supreme Court opinions. has the Supreme Court The tribunal or forum where the trial occurs, as well as the judge himself. The judge is the trier of law at the trial. Digest . In addition, West publishes the American Digest System.  There are basically three parts to the American Digest System:

 

The Century Digest

This digest summarizes cases from the 1600s to 1896.  Very old authority the power to take some action; also, that which is relied upon in making a legal argument .

 

The Decennial Digest

This digest collects material from all digests, state and federal national , over ten year periods. Because it contains so much material, it can be very useful. More recent editions have been forced to split the Decennial into five year segments.  For instance, the Tenth Decennial Digest , Part One and Part Two.

 

The General Digest

The Decennial Digest does not have pocket parts, but since there are at least five years between Decennials, they need to be updated. The General Digest updates the Decennials.

 

The research system West incorporates in its digests is the Key Number System legal research system by West Publishing Company .  Digests do not comment on legal topics, and are not law the rules, standards, and enforceable expectations of society , so they are non-authority the power to take some action; also, that which is relied upon in making a legal argument .

 


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