What's a citator?
"A citator is a guide published primarily for use by judges and lawyers when they are in the process of preparing such papers as judicial decisions, briefs, or memoranda of law. Its purpose is to provide a judicial history of cases and statutes as well as to make a note of new cases. A citator indicates whether or not the law in a particular case has been followed, modified, or overruled in subsequent cases." --The free dictionary by Farlex > Legal dictionary
JustCite is a good place to start looking for Irish cases. It is not a full text legal library in itself but instead offers links to full text legal libraries like Justis and Lexis alongside its own very useful commentary and data. JustCite principally looks at the relationship between cases, showing which cases were cited in a given case (see Cases considered), and which case(s) that case has subsequently been cited in (see Subsequent cases).
The green | amber | red traffic light system shows how a case has been treated in subsequent cases and is intended as an indicator of "good law".
- Green | positive lists subsequent cases that have affirmed, approved, followed, applied or relied upon the findings of a case;
- Amber | neutral lists subsequent cases that have referred to, considered or cited a case;
- Red | negative lists cases that have not followed, not applied, overruled, disapproved, reversed or dismissed as not applicable the findings of a case. (JustCite 2014)
Cases with little or no red | negative treatments rank highly and may be considered "good law". This is a good way of identifying leading cases. Note: JustCite automatically lists search results according to this ranking, so leading cases will be near the top unless you choose other criteria.
Below is an example of a precedent map created by JustCite, showing the relationship between case Goodman v Carlton (2001) and other cases:
In Overview and citations, all relevant legislation is listed in the summary alongside key considerations of the case.
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If, for any reason, a link to full text of a case is not provided within JustCite, take down the details of the citation and search separately for...