Shep·ard·ize /'she-pər-ˌdīz/ vt -ized, -iz·ing: to look up (a case citation) in Shepard's Citations esp. in order to check the status of the case, parallel citations, or the use of the case in other jurisdictions
Shepard's Citations is a citator and electronic service of Shepard's/McGraw-Hill, Inc.

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

A method of locating the subsequent history of a case using a book or computerized version of Shepard's Citations. This process can locate a list of decisions which either follow, distinguish, or overrule any case.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

   a method of locating reports of appeals decisions based on prior precedents from Shepard's Citations, books which list the volume and page number of published reports of every appeals court decision which cites a previously decided case or a statute. Shepard's exists for all sets of reports of appeals cases, and is updated every month with supplemental booklets. While it looks like a mathematician's book of tables, Shepard's Citations is an invaluable tool in finding appeals decisions which either follow, distinguish or deviate from prior case law.
   See also: reports

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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