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Case Title: A case title consists of the parties involved in the case. For example: Cherokee Nation v. Georgia.
Citation: The citation indicates the volume of United States Reports (the official published record of U.S. Supreme Court rulings) in which the case is published and the page on which the case begins. For example, the citation for Cherokee Nation v. Georgia is 30 U.S. 1. The use of “U.S.” here is an abbreviation for United States Reports. The citation indicates that the official record of the U.S. Supreme Court case Cherokee Nation v. Georgia will be found beginning on page 1 of volume 30 of the United States Reports. (You will also encounter alternative citation styles created and used by private entities that publish and sell court records; for the purposes of our course, you can ignore them.)
To find the case record enter its citation into the WestLawNext search box. Try this for Cherokee Nation v. Georgia.
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Once you have pulled up the case identify the term during which it was decided?
Majority Opinion: The majority opinion, which is often written by one of the justices and joined by the majority of the court’s justices, generally includes the “facts” of the case, the central question(s) before the court, the central issue(s) of law before the court, the rationale undergirding the court’s judgment, and the decision of the court.
Name the Justice who delivered the majority opinion in Cherokee Nation v. Georgia.
Concurring Opinion(s): A concurring opinion agrees with the judgement of the majority but offers one or more alternative or additional rationales for this decision.
Name one of the Jutices who provided a concurring opinion in Cherokee Nation v. Georgia.
Dissenting Opinion(s): A dissenting opinion disagrees with the majority’s judgement and the legal rationale used by the majority.
Name the Jutice who provided the dissenting opinion in Cherokee Nation v. Georgia.
Previous Cases Cited: In order to establish authority Justices cite already existing cases when writing their court opinions. These references are included directly within the opinions.
Name one of the previous cases cited within Cherokee Nation v. Georgia.
Citing References are subsequent court cases that refer back to primary case under consideration. This is important because it reflects the ongoing impact of the case.
Name a subsequent Supreme Court case that cites Cherokee Nation v. Georgia.
TIP: Select Citing Reference Tab, to the left click on cases, under Jurisdiction click on + sign by Federal and check Supreme Court box.
1. Which citation will find the the case Cherokee Nation Versus Georgia?
2. What does the yellow warning flag mean?
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