Every case has been categorised so you can refine your search by major practice area or key term.

The taxonomy used to categorise cases is ten levels deep and contains over 1.5 million terms, including synonyms and variations in phrasing. The 44 top-level categories span the main areas of law, such as contracts law. Sub-categories include phrases such as breach of contract, to more specific sub-categories such as break of agreement conditions

Search using categories

If a search is recognised as a category, your terms will turn purple.

 There are a number of ways to use categories:

  1. One category: Enter the category in the search bar with/without other search terms.
  2. Two categories: Combine two or more categories in the search bar to search for cases which span more than one area.
  3. Filter by category: Use the drop-down menu to select one or more top-level categories which correspond to practice areas. This will update your search results. It includes cases which use the selected practice area as a primary category or subcategory.

The search results display the top categories for any given case.

“When I filter by category, I still see some cases from other areas of law. Why is this?”

Cases often cover multiple areas, therefore the classification system caters for this. Each case has been assigned several categories that have been identified from the judgment, with varying degrees of significance. When you filter results by category, we prioritise cases which are predominantly about that subject area, but also include those which contain only some elements of the category search. In this sense, it is not a strict filter setting to ensure you see all potentially relevant judgments.

Cases which are not directly related to your category search appear in the results as they are deemed relevant to your search terms based on the other factors considered.

The categories tab

Once you open a case, go to the Categories tab to see a list of categories detected within the case.

The main areas are displayed in descending order of importance i.e. this case is predominately an employment law case, however, there are elements of asylum and immigration issues. Three layers of subcategory are shown, displayed with blue, green and peach icons.

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