Monthly Archives: December 2010

JADE Case Study

Legal Research Case Study

Please take a moment to look at our case study to see some of the power of JADE for your daily legal research.

European Bank Ltd v Robb Evans of Robb Evans & Associates, 10 March 2010 [2010] HCA 6.

To find this case yourself, simply type “robb evans” in the JADE search bar at:

The case dealt with issues in relation to the assessment of damages and the effect of the usual undertaking as to damages. It has now been reported, and subsequent cases in JADE have referred to those reports. CaseTrace now gives you these alternate citations. (This matching is still a work in progress.) You see the CaseTrace summary on the top right hand side of each decision within JADE. Here’s an exmple from Robb Evans:

CaseTrace is so powerful because it links to the case at the cited paragraph level. Choose Paragraphs [11-13] and this is what you will see (we have shrunk it in this email to save space):

Zooming in on Paragraph [11] on the right hand side you see the context of the citation of the particular paragraph :

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JADE — Open Access to Law for All (Getting Australian legal research right)

Jade is an open access legal research platform.

We are very proud of that. Please help us to make JADE even better.

We hope that you will help us to make JADE even better.

Some recent enhancements

  • The JADE citator now indexes a decision, even if the full text is not in JADE.
    • We show you the citations in context. We show you alternative citations, where we can infer those. This is very much a work in progress.
  • We provide pin-point section-based links to legislation. We are working on point-in-time linkages. Parsing of legislation is incredibly complex. It is a work in progress but we hope that you will find it already useful.
  • We have further refined our case and legislation parsers to make JADE more accurate and usable.
  • We have made lots of bug fixes and little enhancements to make JADE work better with computers and portable devices.
  • You can also see the text of later citations all in the one place for a previous case. Just like the reverse of CaseTrace.
  • We have enhanced printing and output of decisions.

How is JADE different from other legal research systems?

We are often asked that question. Our answer is to try JADE and you should see how it will forever change the way you do online legal research. This used to be called electronic legal research.

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JADE updated — now with even better printing

JADE updated to include significant new legal research features, including Stars

As ever, we have been concentrating on behind the scenes changes, including improved parsing of judgments within the JADE professional legal research platform.

When you are logged in, you can give a star ranking to your favourite cases. This release contains stars, spell checking, enhanced notifications and tips, and further streamlining ‘under the hood’, particularly to the usability of CaseTrace.


We all have favourites. With JADE you can remember them. This will influence the searches you perform, and we will give you lots of enhanced features based upon your star rankings. You will have to watch the dressing room to see the stars which emerge.

If you can think of enhancements, please be sure to give us some feedback and tell us how you would like the stars to appear.


It can be tricky to get those case names right. JADE tries to help you with enhanced “did you mean” functionality.

Did you mean is not perfect. After all, JADE is designed for legal professionals. The internet is a pwoferul toole. Mispeling is badde.

Remember, that many decisions contain significant spelling errors. This means that if you spell something correctly, it does not find it!

For example, we were going to use the example of “Comonwealth” for “Commonwealth”, but that error appears in too many cases!

We are working on the wider problem of spelling and accuracy in a forthcoming release. You will be amazed with our ideas. We also hope that you will like them as much as CaseTrace and our JADE Marks.


  • IMPROVED: The CaseTrace overlays now provide better indications of cited paragraphs. That is, incoming citations to particular paragraphs. We were previously counting every occurrence. We now only count the number of cases.
  • IMPROVED: JADE CaseTrace Report features many more and more accurate paragraph pop-ups. Of course, we are not perfect and if you discover issues, just let us know with some feedback.
  • IMPROVED: Refined shading within a case report gives a hint with pop-up cited case information.