How to cross-cite Westlaw and LEXIS cases?
October 10, 2008 9:19 PM Subscribe
Is there a way to cross-reference the unique identifier of an unpublished case available on one electronic database to which you are subscribed (Westlaw, LEXIS, etc.) with its unique cite on one of the other electronic databases to which you are unsubscribed?
posted by resurrexit to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
Let's assume that:
(1) You're a private lawyer or a law clerk at a court with access only to one service, say Westlaw;
(2) the people to whom you need to communicate the case's unique location have access only to one of the other services, say LEXIS;
(3) you know the Westlaw citation (the 2008 WL 1234567 cite) but need to give it to them in its LEXIS equivalent so they can access the case electronically.
How, short of calling law students or professors with their unlimited free accounts, can I find out the LEXIS cite? Or, assuming I'm a LEXIS user and know the LEXIS identifier, how can I get that "2008 WL 1234567" number?
I ask because some courts require you to cite these cases either to one or the other database, and many are only subscribed to one service. (The obvious practical solution for lawyers communicating with courts is to send a copy of the case along with your brief, motion, whatever. But they still have to look it up if they want an electronic copy--and no decent lawyer takes the approach, at least with regard to submitting information to a court, "Ah, they'll look it up.")