headnote
head·note /'hed-ˌnōt/ n: a summary prefixed to the report of a decided legal case stating the principles or rulings of the decision and usu. the main facts of the case

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

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Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


headnote
n.
A short summary of a case and its legal holdings placed at the beginning of the case report.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


headnote
In a printed legal opinion, the summary appearing above the decision that summarizes the key legal points of the case.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


headnote
n. A note prepared by an editor and placed in front of the published version of a court decision, analyzing or summarizing the facts, precedents, and legal impact of the decision.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


headnote
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.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


headnote
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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.
II A brief summary of a legal rule or significant facts in a case, which along with other headnotes, precedes the printed opinion in reports.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

headnote
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 also: reports

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • headnote — noun Date: 1855 1. a prefixed note of comment or explanation 2. a note prefixed to the report of a decided legal case …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • headnote — /hed noht /, n. a brief summary, comment, or explanation that precedes a chapter, report, etc. [1850 55; HEAD + NOTE] * * * …   Universalium

  • headnote — noun a summary of the relevant aspects of a legal case usually found at the beginning of a case report …   Wiktionary

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