Legal research is the search for all primary, binding authority that resolves the legal issues presented by the legal problem. Primary authority is that authority created by a governmental body. It includes cases, statutes, regulations, constitutions among other laws. Primary authority that a governmental body is required to follow is called binding, or mandatory authority. When primary authority does not bind a governmental actor, it is called persuasive authority. In addition to primary authority, there is secondary authority. These include law review articles, practice treatises and legal encyclopedia articles among others. Secondary authority is always persuasive authority and never mandatory authority. Researchers can use the knowledge of the publication of law to simplify their legal research.
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