Headnotes are complied by the publishers of the law reports
Headnotes are brief summaries of the points of law that apply to a case. They accompany court opinions that are prepared either by the court reporter or the judge who wrote the opinion. In the case of unofficial reports, the headnotes are prepared by the publisher's legal editor. Each issue should ideally be no longer than a sentence. Here you list out all the contentions raised by both the parties to prove their case. Corresponding contentions of opposing parties should be clubbed together. The decision or holding should be framed in the order of issues or contentions in separate paragraphs. The headnotes are important in helping the lawyers to access to reliable reports of court decisions is essential in order to decide whether a legal principle applies to a dispute on which they have been asked to advise.