WESTLAW NEXT Tip of the Week: KeyCite – Know at-a-glance whether a statute is still good law

June 3, 2013

Tip of the Week

With the number of bills introduced every year, and the long and complicated legislative process, how can you keep track of changes to the statutes you rely on? When you learn that a bill has been signed, how do you know when that law will take affect? KeyCite® attorney-editors provide these details, and many more, helping legal professionals quickly get the information they need to determine whether the statutes they rely on are still valid.

KeyCite Status Flags

When a statute has any kind of negative treatment, has been amended, or may be affected by pending legislation, you are immediately alerted with a KeyCite flag. KeyCite flags are visible at the top of a document and provide an at-a-glance warning on result lists.

Red Flag A red flag indicates that the statute has been amended by a recent session law, repealed, superseded, or held unconstitutional or preempted in whole or in part.
Yellow Flag A yellow flag indicates that the statute has been renumbered or transferred by a recent session law; that an uncodified session law or proposed legislation affecting the statute is available; that the statute was limited on constitutional or preemption grounds; that its validity was otherwise called into doubt; or that a prior version of the statute received negative treatment from a court.

 

Most Negative Treatment

If a statute has a red or yellow flag, the authority providing the most negative treatment is displayed at the top of the document. Most negative treatment includes a descriptive term or phrase such as Unconstitutional or Amended by and a link to the underlying document, if available. KeyCite provides this important information up front (no clicks needed) so you can quickly determine whether you can rely on the statute or if you need to investigate further.

Most Negative Treatment

It is critical to routinely check the validity of the statutes you rely on. This could be a daunting task, but KeyCite on WestlawNext® helps you proceed with confidence, providing the information you need to understand how a new amendment or case affects a particular statute, all in one place.

In the next few tips you will learn more about how KeyCite can help you with your statute research, like viewing Graphical Statutes® and accessing prior and future versions of statutes.

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