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Legal Skills

Legal Skills (9th edn)

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski
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date: 22 May 2024

p. 1417. Using caseslocked

p. 1417. Using caseslocked

  • Emily Finch
  •  and Stefan Fafinski


This chapter explains how to use cases. It first looks at the ‘anatomy’ of a law report, before considering how the key legal principles can be extracted from the case. Once the legal principles are known it considers the extent to which those principles are binding on other courts via the doctrine of judicial precedent. Finally, it examines the impact of both the Human Rights Act 1998 and EU law on the operation of precedent.

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