Checking Citations in Shepard's
The Shepard’s Signal indicators show at a glance the precedential status of a case. To review this legend while you research in Shepard’s, click the Legend link at the bottom-left side of your report.
Checking Citations in KeyCite
KeyCite, West’s powerful citation research service, helps you determine whether a case, statute, administrative decision, or regulation is good law. You can also use KeyCite to retrieve citing references to the document, including cases, administrative materials, secondary sources, and briefs and other court documents.
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A yellow flag indicates that
A blue H indicates that
A green C indicates that
History of a Case:
|KeyCite case history category||Description|
|Direct History||traces your case through the appellate process and includes both prior and subsequent history|
|Negative Citing References||lists cases outside the direct appellate line that may have a negative impact on the precedential value of your case|
|Related References||lists cases that involve the same parties and facts as your case, whether or not the legal issues are the same|
Case history also includes links to related court documents, such as briefs, petitions, motions, and transcripts of oral arguments.