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Definition: Headnote

Quick Summary of Headnote

A headnote is a brief summary of a particular point of law that is added to the text of a court decision to aid readers in locating discussion of a legal issue in an opinion.

What is the dictionary definition of Headnote?

Dictionary Definition

n. the summary of the key legal points determined by an appeals court, which appears just above each decision in published reports of cases. Headnotes are useful for a quick scan of the judgment, but they are the editor’s remarks and not the court’s.

  1. A summary of the relevant aspects of a legal case usually found at the beginning of a case report.
  2. A note at the head of a page or chapter.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Headnote. PayrollHeaven.com. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 25, 2021 https://payrollheaven.com/define/headnote/.
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Headnote. PayrollHeaven.com. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. https://payrollheaven.com/define/headnote/ (accessed: September 25, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Headnote. PayrollHeaven.com. Retrieved September 25, 2021, from PayrollHeaven.com website: https://payrollheaven.com/define/headnote/

Definition Sources

Definitions for Headnote are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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