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In this paper we attempt to give an account of reasoning with legal cases contextualised within a general theory of persuasion in practical reasoning. We begin by presenting our general theory, concentrating on the variety of ways in which a particular position can be attacked. We then apply our theory to the legal domain, illustrating our approach by a case study based on the well known CATO system. From this we conclude that it is possible to see reasoning with legal cases as a particulardoi:10.1145/1047788.1047792 dblp:conf/icail/GreenwoodBM03 fatcat:x2fil7yatzdnldr62hcls27ndu