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How do I note up cases?: LawNet

Using Lawnet to note up cases

LawNet can be used to note up Singaporean cases. There are two methods of noting up on LawNet:

(1) Short search method

(2) Long search method (reference trace)

Short Search Method

1. Search for the case you want to note up using its citation.

2. Once the search has retrieved the case you are searching for, click on the "Referring" link below the case.

3. Select the "Case(s) Referring" tab to view the case treatment of the case. Take note of possible repetitions. 


4. You can also select the "Case(s) Referred to" tab to view the cases referred to by this case.



Long Search Method (Reference Trace)

1. Select "Reference Trace" under "Legal Research".

2. The reference trace function retrieves resources referring to the case. When noting up using this method, it is advisable to search with both the case name and citation since both approaches have their flaws:

(1) If you search with citation, Lawnet may not factor in the fact that a case has multiple citations and the results may not be comprehensive i.e. references to the different citation of the case may not be picked up;

(2) If you search with case name, references to cases with the same name may not be filtered out.

- Using citation


- Using case name 


3. Compare the results to ensure your results are accurate and comprehensive. Here, it is possible that another Re BKR case might have been noted up.

The use of electronic resources must comply with the Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy and Singapore Management University Acceptable Use Policy