- Caselaw Summaries
The representation standards in this database are divided into four primary categories:
|National Guidelines||Guidelines for capital defense representation with broad national application/focus.||2003 ABA Guidelines|
|State Guidelines||Guidelines for capital defense representation with regional or state- based application/focus.||Nevada Capital Case Representation Standards of Performance|
|Conference Materials||Materials distributed at defender training conferences, including session materials, agendas, and faculty and participant lists.||Recommended Jury Selection Procedures from the 2000 Airlie Conference|
|Training Manuals||Written guides to capital representation.||1988 ABA Manual For Attorneys Representing Death-Sentenced Prisoners|
|Capital Defense Articles||Journal and news articles about capital representation.||Enhancing Capital Defense: The Role of the Clinical Social Worker (1986)|
To search the Standards, go to the Standards menu at the top of the page and click on Search Standards. You can also view a list of files in each category by selecting Browse by Category from the Standards menu and selecting the Standard Type you wish to view.
|Content Keywords||Enter words found in the full text of document, document title, conference name, author, and/or document source.|
|Title||Enter part or all of the title of a standard.|
|Author||Enter the author of the standard. You can use partial and/or full names. Keep in mind that the author may be a person or an organization.|
|Conference Name||Enter the name of the conference you wish to search for. Only use this field when you are searching for conference materials.|
|Start Year||You can restrict your search to materials from a certain year or range of years. Use the start year field to enter the earliest year that you wish to search. Remember that for conference materials, this is the year of the conference, not necessarily the document’s publication.|
|End Year||You can restrict your search to materials from a certain year or range of years. Use the end year field to enter the latest year that you wish to search. Remember that for conference materials, this is the year of the conference, not necessarily the document’s publication.|
|Geographical Focus||This field is for conference materials only. Use the dropdown menu to select the geographical focus of the conference where the materials originated. May be national or related to a specific state or states. Only the geographical focuses for which there are materials in the database are listed here. If your state is not listed, then we do not have materials specifically relating to that state at this time.|
|Conference Location||This field is for conference materials only. Enter the city and/or state where conference was held.|
|Category||Select the type of standard you wish to find (see table above for descriptions). Leave blank to search all types.|
Tips and Tricks for Searching:
The summaries of opinions citing to the Guidelines are grouped by Guideline Set. There are three Guideline Sets in this database: 1989 ABA Guidelines, 2003 ABA Guidelines, and the 2008 Supplementary Guidelines for the Mitigation Function of Defense Teams. Within each Set, each summary is associated with one or more Guideline Numbers (1.1, 2.1, etc.). These are the specific guidelines that the opinion cites to or discusses. An opinion may be associated with multiple Guideline Sets and multiple Guideline Numbers within each set. A case may also be marked as having “General” discussion of a Guideline Set, without referring to any particular Guideline Number.
To search for a particular summary, select the Search Summaries option from the Caselaw Summaries menu at the top of the page. You can also browse the summaries by Guideline Set by selecting the Browse by Guideline option from the Caselaw Summaries menu and choosing the Guideline Set you wish to view.
|Content Keywords||Enter word(s) found in the full text of the summary.|
|Start Year||This field helps you search for summaries of cases published in a certain timeframe. Use the start year field to enter the earliest year you wish to search.|
|End Year||This field helps you search for summaries of cases published in a certain timeframe. Use the start year field to enter the latest year you wish to search.|
|State||Use the dropdown menu to select the state where the case originated. Do not use for military cases.|
|Guideline||You can restrict your search to a specific guideline or set of guidelines. Select the guidline set or guideline number that you wish to search from the dropdown menu. Only the guidelines for which there are summaries in the database are listed here. If a guideline is not listed, then we do not have any cases citing to that guideline at this time.|
|Court||Use this filed to limit your search results to summaries of opinions from a specific court (e.g. U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit; Georgia Supreme Court) or court system (Federal, State, or Military). Select the court you wish to find from the dropdown menu. Only the courts for which there are summaries in the database are listed here. If a court is not listed, then we do not have any cases from that court at this time.|
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