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A brief summary of a legal rule or a significant fact in a case that, among other headnotes that apply to the case, precedes the full text opinion printed in the reports or reporters. A syllabus to a reported case that summarizes the points decided in the case and is placed before the text of the opinion.

Each jurisdiction usually determines whether headnotes are part of the law or only an editorial device to facilitate research. Most headnotes are included by private publishers and do not constitute a part of an opinion. The most notable publisher that employs headnotes is the West Group in the National Reporter System, which publishes cases from practically every jurisdiction. Use of headnotes in the National Reporter System is generally consistent, regardless of the jurisdiction. The Reporter of Decisions for the United States Supreme Court also prepares a syllabus for Supreme Court decisions, when feasible, at the time an opinion is issued. The syllabus summarizes the points of law addressed in each case, but does not constitute a part of the opinion and does not constitute binding authority.


n. the summary of the key legal points determined by an appeals court, which appears just above each decision in published reports of cases. Headnotes are useful for a quick scan of the judgment, but they are the editor's remarks and not the court's. (See: reports)

See: caption
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Finally, there are several states (including some large and important ones) that retain the office of reporter but outsource major reporter functions, from citation and quotation checking to headnote writing.
Glance at the sections both before and after your headnote topic.
The collected texts in Women writing Africa, together with the carefully researched headnotes shadowing each text and the thoughtful and wide-ranging 82 page introduction written by the editors (who often had different points of view), provide an invaluable input into women's places and spaces (and non-places) in the region.
Moreover, whether Moses and Goldie recognize that names like Orpingalik and Aua are the names of individuals rather than of Inuit cultural sub-groups is uncertain given the way these names are appended following titles and a slash and that no headnote to individuals' work is provided, as is the case for Ghandl, for example.
Chickpeas, eaten for centuries," the headnote continues, "make a deliciously creamy and healthy dip for veggies or corn chips.
Several-page introductions provide a contextual historical setting for each chapter, and headnotes do the same for each document.
who are identified in the headnote as "leading Sephardic merchants in Amsterdam .
He interrupted the flow throughout giving a headnote to every single poem which killed the evening completely.
The headnote for the recipe includes a tip from Botascos to stuff the cavity of the bird with lemons before roasting it very slowly and basting it with lemon juice, olive oil, and oregano.
This headnote is protected by copyright because it is a value-added summary by a private party.
This voice alarms Theseus but then seems to subsume him as well, since we are told in the headnote to section VI.
As the headnote to the poem informs us, the last eight lines of Roumain's call to arms became a motto of the Negritude movement.