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Refine the results: filters and additional criteria

After performing a search (either using the simple universal search or the advanced search) vLex will show a list of results.

In the results list you can perform various actions such as sorting the results by different criteria, downloading the search results, creating alerts, etc.

The most popular option is to refine the search results by filtering or adding additional search criteria.

Filter by Collection

In the upper left section of the search results page, you will find a document counter in the filters by collection or content type (“All contents,” “Case Law,” “Constitution,”…)

This allows you to predict the number of search results in each collection before filtering your search.

  • When there are no results in a certain collection, the counter will show 0.
  • When you filter the search for a field that does not apply to a certain collection, the counter will show the “-“ symbol.

To see the results of a collection (i.e Case Law) simply click on the collection.

Additional filters

In the lower left section of the page you will find additional search filters such as “jurisdiction/issuing court”, “date”, among others.

Attention: Incremental filters

The filters that are shown are the ones applicable to the group of results shown. That means, for example, that Court filters only appear when we are filtering by jurisprudence and do not appear when we are looking at all of vLex (as legislation is not issued by a court).

Some of the filters are:

  • Court
  • Date
  • Regulatory ruling applied
  • Summary
  • Title
  • Type of Resolution
  • Etc.

In detail: Filter by Court

When we are reviewing jurisprudential search results, the court filter will automatically appear. If we click on the “court” filter box, it will automatically open a new screen with the list of courts.

To choose the court that you are interested in, you have two options:

  • Search for the court(s) using the search bar that appears within this new window
  • Browse the different courts until you find the court(s) you were interested in. In some cases and countries, you will also have the option to select court sections or chambers.

Choose the court of your choice by clicking on the “+“button to the right of each one.

Once you select the court you are looking for, it will appear on the right side of the screen. Now on the left side of the screen, the court section will remain in bold to indicate that it has already been selected.

If you want to remove a court that you have selected, click on the “” button, which appears in the right side of the selected court. This will make it disappear from the selected courts section.


In detail: Filter by documents that cite

When you perform a search, you can filter the results by the documents that cite. Click on “Docuements that cite” and a screen with all the documents cited by will be displayed.

Within cited regulations you can:

  • Select specific articles or documents. Select those that interest you and click “apply.”

  • Search by a specific document or article number: If you do not see it in the list for the rule or article that you want to filter, look it up in the top search bar.

You can limit the search of documents to any of the norms marked or to all using the same method. Press apply to save the changes. You will then see the documents that match the new parameters entered. 

In addition to being able to filter at any time, you can select the “Search” option located in the menu bar on the left side of the page. This will take you to the advanced search page where all the search options and filters that we have at that moment are displayed. This is important to keep in mind, as the best search strategy may be to start with the simple universal search, refine with filters, and finally adjust some of the specific fields in the advanced search engine.

This post is also available in: Español

Updated on May 15, 2019

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