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The Case In The Case-System

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This chapter examines the (semiotic) life of the case in the legal system of cases. As a complex sign, a decided and reported case can enter various signifying processes. The case-sign offers itself to future case-making as a complex of matter, rule, and decision. The case-system introduces a new focus. The focus is perhaps, at least in the established disciplinary and methodical understanding, rather discourse analytical than ethnographic, rather macroscopic than microscopic, rather distant than proximate. The case-system remembers, compares, and progresses through and with cases. Legal scholars, lawyers, and/or case-makers search for, report, summarize, cite, read, count, etc. other cases. Cases as fact-sensitive account for the intricacy of human relationships as well as for developments of the law. The multi-faceted and distributed case-archive is operated through lists or indexes typically appearing on the first pages of legal publications.

Keywords: case-system; legal system



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