West American Digest System

Definition - What does West American Digest System mean?

The West American Digest System is a research tool used by law school students, paralegals, attorneys and other legal professionals.

Each set of these books is essentially a directory that helps pinpoint information about specific legal topics or issues addressed by various state and federal courts across the country. However, they are not considered legal authority.

Justipedia explains West American Digest System

The West American Digest System is comprised of the Century Digest, the Decennial Digest and the General Digest.

  • The first part (the Century Digest), recaps legal decisions dating back to the 17th through 19th centuries.
  • The Decennial Digest, which is often divided into two parts, is considered the best source for most researchers because it features summaries of state and federal court rulings made over 10 years.
  • The General Digest is used to update information in the Decennial Digest.
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