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Anatomy of a Statute

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Anatomy of a Statute
The United States Code
The United States Code (USC)
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Is issued every six years
Is updated annually
Is arranged into 50 titles
References the Statutes at Large citation
Includes historical notes and cross-references to related
sections
• Includes an index, a table of acts cited by popular name,
and conversion tables that allow you to move between the
present version and earlier versions of the Code
The United States Code
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The United States Code (USC), as published by the
government, has several drawbacks
– There is a publication lag, especially for the annual
supplements.
– There are no references to interpreting case law.
The meaning of a statute is often unclear and must be
interpreted by the courts. The decisions of the
courts often become more important sources of law
than the text of the statutes.
The United States Code Annotated
(USCA)
The USCA contains the text and features of the statute as they
appear in the USC, plus
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references to legislative history, and federal regulations
references to the West Key Number System
references to law review and journal commentaries
library references
references to texts and treatises
Notes of Decisions (annotations)
United States Code Annotated
Citation :
18 USCA 241
Text
The text of the statute in the USCA is unchanged from
how it appears in the USC, as published by the
Government Printing Office.
United States Code Annotated
Credits (Text Amendments)
are past session laws that
enacted or modified the
statute.
Historical and
Statutory Notes (Editor’s
Notes) are compiled by
West attorney-editors
and give a more detailed
legislative history
of the statute.
United States Code Annotated
Cross-references
(to other USCA sections)
Library references (to
many secondary sources)
References to topic
and key numbers
Law review and journal
commentaries
Texts and treatises
United States Code Annotated
Index to the Notes of Decisions
(annotations). Subjects are listed
alphabetically
United States Code Annotated
• Notes of Decisions
(annotations) are
summaries of how courts
have interpreted the
statute with links to the
case law.
• Notes of Decisions are
the headnotes from cases
that West attorney-editors
have identified as
significantly interpreting
or applying the statute.
Question
Notes of decisions are also called
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Headings
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Annotations
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Credits
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Statutory history
Question
Notes of decisions are also called
1.
Headings
2.
Annotations
3.
Credits
4.
Statutory history
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