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(p. 128) 7. Using cases 

(p. 128) 7. Using cases
(p. 128) 7. Using cases

Emily Finch

and Stefan Fafinski

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date: 16 January 2021

This chapter explains how to use cases. It first looks at the ‘anatomy’ of a law report, before considering the means by which 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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