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Environmental Law

Definitions

Legislation:

Also called statutes and acts, these are laws produced in legislatures.

Case law:

Also called decisions, judgments, and sometimes precedents, these are laws created in the courts by judges.

 

Research note

It is best to consult secondary resources (books and articles) before primary (cases and legislation). This method:

  • shortens your work by relying on the research already conducted and described by legal experts.
  • directs you to the most important cases and legislation

Case Law Research Databases

Digests and leading reporters

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