BOOK REVIEW | Essential Case Law


Judgements are handed down each day across the country and busy lawyers cannot read them all.

Essential Case Law, updated monthly and available as a print subscription or online on Lexis Library, promises to be a game changer for everyday law.

Case law informs and helps to add to our understanding of how the law may be interpreted by the court, especially when guidelines may be unclear. Traditional law reports cover reportable and law-making cases, but in Essential Case Law we have carefully selected recent cases that offer guidance on practical, day to day matters and packaged them in monthly issues with keywords and an abstract for ease of reference.

– Louis Podbielski, Case Law Manager: LexisNexis South Africa

Relevant judgement extracts

Essential Case Law, compiled and published by LexisNexis South Africa, follows in the footsteps of Prentice-Hall Weekly Legal Service which was published between 1922 and 1995.

The work will provide busy legal professionals including lawyers, advocates and judicial officers with relevant judgement extracts useful in everyday practice.

Each case included is chosen for its instructional utility for day-to-day legal practice and only paragraphs with useful guidance are included, to enable the inclusion of more cases per issue. Where the case turns on a certain rule or piece of legislation, this is included at the end of that case to make a complete source of reference.

Concise keywords are used to draw the reader’s attention to the gist of the case and abstracts introduce the context of the case. An advanced index with each issue ensures the quick and easy location of points of law, extracted authorities, annotations, and case history. Editor’s continuity provides bridging or context between concepts.

Podbielski, who has a reputation for being passionate about case law, feels it is impossible for litigators to stop learning. ‘The nature of case law and legislative updates make it a priority to stay current. LexisNexis has responded to practitioners’ needs for an affordable case law series that reports practical judgements every month.’

Readers are also encouraged to submit cases that pertain to the practical application of the law that may be worthy of publication to

About LexisNexis® Legal & Professional

LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that help customers increase productivity, improve decision-making and outcomes, and advance the rule of law around the world.

As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 130 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

In South Africa LexisNexis® has been assisting companies and professionals to remain abreast of changing legislation and shifts in the regulatory environment for over 80 years, combining the best of local knowledge in Butterworths with leading-edge tools and online solutions that have positioned the company as a pioneer of legal technology.

LexisNexis South Africa’s business units include LexisNexis Legal Information and Compliance, LexisNexis Data Services, LexisNexis Business Software Solutions and LexisNexis Academic. South African investment firm, Tsiya Group acquired a minority interest in LexisNexis South Africa in July 2012.

  • Publisher LexisNexis South Africa |
  • ISBN | 9780639010489 |
  • Recommended Retail Price | R3,335.00 |

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