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SENG 401 - Introduction to Legal Research for Software Engineering

About secondary sources

Secondary legal sources provide commentary on the law though they do not form the law. This means secondary sources can be persuasive but are not an authority – i.e., courts are not bound by them, even though the authors often are knowledgeable and highly regarded.

Secondary materials put the law into context, offer interpretation and can explain how legislation and case law interact to form the law. They also help direct researchers to relevant legal sources. 


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