Legal Research is a process of identifying & retrieving information which supports in legal decision making. It initiates with the analysis of certain facts and ends with the application and communication of the result of the findings. Legal Research is done through various sources, they are—
- Primary Sources, i.e., rule of law binding on courts, authorities, and individuals. These include Constitutions, regulations, statutes, court orders, policies, etc.
- Persuasive Primary Source, i.e., commentaries or opinions of judges, however, they are not binding.
- Secondary Source, i.e., articles, journals, surveys, periodicals, etc.
There are few points which are important in legal research, they are—
- Understanding the basics of the law
- Finding legal resources
- Identifying legal issues involved
- Finding and using secondary sources
- Finding and using statutes, regulations, ordinance, etc.
- Finding cases
- Using case laws
- Validating research
- Organizing and making the legal research useful
There are certain objectives to legal research, such as, analysis of the law, its examination and explanation; consistency with the legal standard; application of legal doctrine; resolution to the conflicts between decisions of different courts; and acquiring an understanding of the legal subject. Today in the era of information technology legal research can be done extensively with the help of various online tools and digital libraries which can be free as well as paid ones.
At Gracious, we do have the expertise to perform extensive legal research using Westlaw and LexisNexis. Our lawyers have exhaustive experience in various laws and posses the ability to come up with favorable results by exhausting the research.
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