WESTLAW NEXT Tip of the Week: KeyCite – Instantly Access Prior and Future Versions of Statutes

June 17, 2013

Tip of the Week

Have you ever needed to locate a statute section as it appeared on a particular date? KeyCite® on WestlawNext™ lays out each version of a statute with the effective dates clearly marked, so you don’t have to track down legislative documents to see how the text of the statute has changed.

Accessing Versions

Once you have found the statute section you need, click the History tab to access the History Overview page. From here click Versions.

Accessing Versions

The first linked statute on the list is the current version. The current version of the statute in the example below is only effective until July 1, 2013.

You can also see future versions of a statute. Simply click the linked statute under Future Versions and read the statute as it will appear after July 1, 2013.

See future versions of a statute

If you need a prior version of a statute, a link is provided for each version under Prior Versions. This statute changed five times between 2009 and 2013 and will change again in July, 2013. The effective dates of each version are clearly marked so you can see at-a-glance which version you need.

Using versions under KeyCite History provides seamless access to the different versions of a statute quickly, saving you and your client precious time.

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