Our aim is to make JADE the best legal research platform in the world. We are big supporters of open access to legal information. We salute Australian Courts and Tribunals and the pioneering work of AustLII.
We have now launched panels. This post will tell you how we hope panels will work and why we think they will become an important part of certain kinds of legal research.
If you applied to be on a panel, you will shortly receive an email from the JADE subscription system asking for confirmation.
As a member of a JADE expert panel, you will be contributing to the development of JADE and to the enhancement of online information for legal professionals.
What will panellists do?
Panellists provide professional insight into significant cases and legal developments relating to the subject matter of that panel. Think of it as an ‘early alert service’ selected by subject experts for the wider professional legal community. The input of the panels will further assist in JADE’s remarkable ability to locate relevant recent decisions.
Initially, the JADE Panels will simply review and rank selected cases according to their importance for the Panel’s area of expertise. This will then quite quickly grow into a system which also allows the Panel to publish commentary about cases of particular significance to practitioners.
You may be a member of more than one panel. Panel representation is Australia-wide, just like JADE.
The initial panels
You may wish to suggest additional panels. Panel topics may overlap to some extent.
- Administrative Law
- ADR & Mediation
- Building & Construction
- Corporations Law
- Competition Law
- Consumer Protection
- Contract & Commercial
- Criminal Law
- Employment Law
- Environment & Planning
- Ethics and Professional Regulation
- Family Law
- Health and Aging
- Information Technology
- Insolvency Law
- Insurance Law
- Intellectual Property
- Military Law
- Native Title
- Practice and Procedure
- Professional Negligence
- Land and Property
- Taxation and Revenue
How will panels operate?
Panellists will receive a regular (pre-vetted) list of recent cases for their nominated topic areas for ranking. Panellists will simply click to add their ranking to a case. Panellists will have the opportunity to add brief limited notes and commentary for highly-ranked cases.
The aggregate ranking will become available to other JADE users to assist in their searching. Important cases identified by the panel will be referred for commentary.
Does being a panel member cost anything? How much time will it take?
There is no charge to become a panellist. Being a panellist will not be too time consuming.
What are the benefits of becoming a panellist?
We hope that the current awareness in your chosen practice area will justify your time. That has been our experience in providing JADE: we have learned a lot more law and we are very up-to-date!
Panellists will be recognised on the JADE website in a contributors section. This section will be regularly updated. We will provide panellists with an opportunity to include their photograph and biographical information should they wish.
You will also receive advance peeks at new JADE features, including Podcasts and Vodcasts.