Frequently Asked Questions

Question:

How do I search for cases by topic on JustisOne?

Our answer:

In this example, we will search for cases relating to police powers to stop and search. After logging into JustisOne with your student portal password, enter the search terms stop and search into the search box at the top of the home page. You will retrieve aproximately 16875 cases, which are far too many records to examine, so you therefore need to refine your search.

This time, enclose the words within inverted commas, "stop and search" and click the magnifying glass symbol to search. JustisOne will now look for those search terms as a specific phrase, rather than as two separate words. You will notice that the search is now much more specific, retrieving 985 results. However, you will notice that legislation is also retrieved. To limit your search to just cases, select filter results, then under material type select cases. Now 491 cases are found.

You may not have time to look through 491 cases, so you may wish to refine your search further still. Now select the Advanced search option in the left side menu, and select the Cases tab to go to the cases search. Type “stop and search” in the Category search box then click Search. Notice that you have now retrieved 236 results, in order of relevance.

Searching by category retrieves cases where the specific subject category has been applied to the case. This differs from a free text search which retrieves cases where the search term appears anywhere in the text, and may therefore be less relevant to your research.

For further information about searching JustisOne see the JustisOne User Guide.

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