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The search box provides some powerful features so that you can filter and re-order results with just a few words in the text box.

TIP:  Reordering Search Results

You can re-order any list of search results by date of publication or by name using the drop down in the right-hand corner of the screen. This tip applies to all the search examples set out below. The same re-ordering can also be achieved by typing 'by name' or 'by date' in the search box.

1 - Simple Text Search

The search engine looks for an exact match of a word or phrase. So, a search for the word 'Radmacher' will find all the records that include that word in the text of the entire document. The most recently published record containing that word will be listed first.

2 - Refining Your Search Results

There are three ways to refine search results if you are trying to narrow down the results returned: 

a) make your search term more specific. So for example if you know the citation for Radmacher enter that as your search term. 

b) search only for a specific type of content. You can narrow your search to include only a specific type of content (eg judgments, precedents etc) by adding type to your search term. For example, if you want to search only for judgments containing the word 'Radmacher' you would type in the word 'judgment Radmacher'. This type of search works with the following terms (not case sensitive):

  • Article
  • Case Note
  • CPD Course
  • Form
  • International Regs
  • Judgment
  • Model Letter
  • News
  • Practice Direction
  • Practice Note
  • Precedent
  • Rule
  • SI
  • Statute
  • Tool
  • Training Note
  • Webcast

c) search for your term in the title only. To do this add the phrase 'in title' to your search term. This is particularly useful for case searches where the case has been cited a lot elsewhere but you want the original document. In our example searching for 'Radmacher in title' returns only three results for the CoA, UKSC judgments and a case note so you can quickly find the source.

3 - Using the Quick Search Links

We have also pre-programmed a few 'Quick Search' links that you can see under the topic headings on the left hand navigation panel. These search for a combination of content types so for example the Quick Search link for Training will return results with the record type of CPD Course, Webcast and Training Note from the list above.

The full list the records are returned is as follows:
  • Know-How: Model Letter, Practice Note, Precedent, Tool
  • Update: News, Article, Case Note
  • Training: CPD Course, Webcast, Training Note
  • Judgments: Judgments only – but note some of the results may only be for references to cases published elsewhere on the web (eg BAILII). Where that is the case then the full text of the case has not been searched
  • Legislation: Statute, Rule, Practice Direction, SI, International Regs
  • Forms: Forms only. As with the Judgment these results could be links to Forms elsewhere on the web (eg the Ministry of Justice website) and so the text of the form itself will not have been searched
You can refine these search results by adding a word or phrase after the quick search term. So typing 'training Radmacher' would show any CPD courses, webcasts and other training resources that mention Radmacher.


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