Topic Summaries

What are Topic Summaries?

Topic Summaries are a collection of information about a legal topic that is addressed in a case you are viewing. If legal topic summaries related to the case are available, you'll see Topic Summaries in the About This Document box to the right on the page. Since a case may address multiple legal topics, you'll see a View Reports icon Topic Summaries report in each LexisNexis® Headnote for which there is a topic summary. Topic Summary reports include the following, when applicable (not all legal topic summaries have all of these):

  • Definition of the legal topic
  • Elements of the topic
  • Burden of proof
  • Standards of review
  • Links to seminal cases
  • Links to secondary sources

For more information about Topic Summaries, read through the links below.

Topic Summaries List

When you select View reports from About This Document, or select the icon Topic Summaries report in the LexisNexis® Headnotes of a case, the list of topic summary reports for that legal topic is displayed.

From this page, you can select a single report, or select a delivery option described below.

ItemDescription
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A topic summary contains these items:

ItemDescription
Topic indexSelect this to see the topic's placement in the legal topic hierarchy.
View all documents for this topicSelect this to see a results list of all the documents that address this topic.
SummaryA definition and summary of the legal topic of the report.
Seminal CasesA list of seminal cases for the legal topic, with the Shepard's Signal™ indicator for each for each, and a link to the full text of the case.
Topic Summary HierarchyThe topic's placement in the legal topic hierarchy.

Topic Summary Report

A topic summary contains some or all of these items, as applicable to the legal topic:

ValueDescription
Topic indexSelect this to see the topic's placement in the legal topic hierarchy.
Get all documents for this topicSelect this to see a results list of all the documents that address this topic.
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Click the down arrow to display specific parts of the document that you can navigate to quickly. Sections of the document may include the following (not all sections will appear in every document):

Sections

Top of document
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Definition
A definition and summary of the legal topic.
Seminal Cases
A list of seminal cases for the legal topic, with a link to the full text of the case.
Seminal Statutes
A list of seminal statutes for the legal topic.
Elements of
Significant factors of the case.
Secondary Sources
Reference material on the topic, such as treatises.
Burden of Proof
Indicates which party bears the burden of proof.
Standards of Review
Standards by which the sufficiency of the evidence is determined.
Other JurisdictionsThe topic summary information (definition, seminal cases, etc.) for other jurisdictions.

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