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Criminal Justice: Court Cases

Library resources and research tips for Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Policing topics.

Lookup Court Cases

Law enforcement personnel are governed by laws prescribing their actions.  Courts interpret how the law should be applied and therefore what police can and cannot do.  You will likely see many references to court cases in your research.

Court cases:

  • directly affect law enforcement personnel
  • are primary sources, very authoritiative
  • help you know how the law is applied
  • gives you additional sources

Best single tool to access court cases:


Lexis Nexis
Court Cases at all levels.

How to Use Lexis

Follow these step to quickly look up any court case on Lexis.

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