WestlawNext Q&A: A nimble way to jump between jurisdictions

December 10, 2010

Q&AQ: After researching the law in one jurisdiction, I often need to run a search or two in a different jurisdiction. Is there a way to do this without having to change my settings in the Jurisdiction selector each time?

A: Yes. You can override your jurisdiction selection by typing the database identifier followed by a colon and your query.

For example, if you selected California using the Jurisdiction selector but later decide to run a search in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Cases database (CTA7), you could run a search like this: cta7: mandatory student fee as a first amendment violation. When you click Search, the search will run in the CTA7 database. (Note that you can only override your jurisdiction selection using a single database identifier.)

When you return to the WestlawNext home page, your original jurisdiction selection is displayed in the Jurisdiction selector.