key number system

key number system
n.
A system of organizing published cases by numbering each point of law with a key number, making it easy for legal researchers to locate relevant topics and cases.

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Key number system
A research aid developed by West Publishing Company which classifies digests of cases in to various law topics and subtopics which are given paragraph numbers called "Key Numbers." Each key number for a given topic helps the researcher quickly find all references to the legal matter being researched.

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