What are document sections?

Documents have a structure that is common to all documents of that type. For example, cases contain name, date, court and judgment sections, amongst others. In Lexis®Library, this structure is called document sections, which are the natural parts or divisions of the document.

You can restrict your search to a specific part or section of a document, such as the court where the case was heard or the judge who wrote the judgment. Section searching is especially useful when you are looking for:

  • Judgments written by a specific judge
  • Cases involving a specific party
  • Cases in which a specific barrister appeared as counsel
  • Cases decided on, before or after a specific date

Different types of documents have different document sections. For example, a case will not have the same sections as a newspaper article.

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