It is easy to begin and finish something when you know when the end will come, but the difficulty comes into play when there is no set limit to how long something will take or when you will actually get to the finishing point. That is often what happens when you are conducting legal research. Searching for a simple case or law does not require a lot of time, but if you happen to be researching on a topic that is unfamiliar to you or a complicated topic locating the necessary information can present a challenge to even the most experienced researcher.
There are no set in stone rules on how to research effectively. The best researcher is experienced at combining the correct words to locate on point cases, but when there is little to no case law, rules, or statutes on a topic the best laid out research plan and word combinations can become useless. In order to locate pertinent information for a case it can be difficult to determine where to start which can not only prolong a research project it can cause the most savvy researcher to lose focus.
Can you use some pointers on how to always find what you're looking for? Simply focusing on the end result will not only help with procrastination it will also minimize the time that it takes to figure out what it is your looking for.
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Although criminal procedure follows many of the patterns of civil procedure, there are major differences between them, largely because of the special provisions of the U.S. Constitution (which are usually echoed in state constitutions). The Constitution, and especially the first 10 amendments (the Bill of Rights), expresses a basic code of criminal procedure by enumerating rights of citizens against government intrusion and rights of those accused of crimes. The provisions of the Constitution have been subjected to intense scrutiny by state and federal courts, particularly since the 1950s. Criminal procedure cannot be understood without reference to these rights.
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