Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A note or remark placed at the head, as of a chapter or page; specifically, a brief and condensed statement introductory to a report of a legal decision, stating the principles of law to be deduced from the decision to which it is prefixed, or the facts and circumstances which bring the case in hand within the principle or rule of law or of practice which the court applied; a syllabus.
- n. See head-tone and head-voice.
- n. law a summary of the relevant aspects of a legal case usually found at the beginning of a case report.
- n. A note at the head of a page or chapter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A note at the head of a page or chapter; in law reports, an abstract of a case, showing the principles involved and the opinion of the court.
- head + note (Wiktionary)
“He wrote a "headnote" to the decision: "The defendant corporations are persons within the intent of the clause in section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”
“Mr. Davis '"headnote" was entirely spurious, with no legal foundation, but corporations immediately pounced on it, and courts subsequently deferred to it.”
“In the casebook "headnote," however, Mr. Hartmann read this statement: "The defendant Corporations are persons within the intent of the clause in section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment … which forbids a State to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
“Posner opinions read well if you do not have to headnote or analyze them.”
“Wrap in wax paper, parchment paper, or cheesecloth and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use (before choosing storage method, read the above headnote).”
“About 4 ounces dried mango, chopped (see headnote) 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries”
“Each report includes catchwords and a headnote, which summarises the judgments.”
“Interestingly, the decision to count corporations as people originally was made by the Supreme Court reporter J.C. Bancroft Davis in his headnote to Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad.”
“That decision is absent in the actual Supreme Court decision as written, but was added by Davis in his headnote to the published decision.”
“The illustration used as a headnote for the poem 'Rosy Hannah' is pictured here.”
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