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JADE Updated to Version

JADE has been updated to version This is our next generation version. It should really be called 3.2.1, but we are reserving that for even more excitement!

JADE is almost a complete re-write of the JADE system to make it easier to complete our roadmap in record time. We have also placed the core component of JADE into an open source repository. JADE is part of BarNet’s OpenLaw initiative. BarNet has always supported open source development.

As a dedicated JADE user, you will notice significant additional speed improvements which will make your legal research even faster.

Our set of features is becoming more complete. Our next release, which should be towards the middle of next week will add additional user-requested features.

As part of this release, we have overhauled our Quality Assurance processes to make each release a little more stable and consistent. Also, we have added a considerable amount of help documentation.

Something missing? Do you have a suggestion. We would love to hear. Simply send us an email to:

The Latest Cases from the High Court of Australia

As soon as they are released, BarNet’s JADE has the more recent judgments of the High Court of Australia (in medium neutral citation, the High Court of Australia is referred to as: HCA) available for your consideration.

If you subscribe to JADE’s free email alerts service, then you can have these decisions delivered to your inbox within minutes; or as part of a daily digest, if you prefer.

You can check for the latest High Court of Australia decisions on the JADE home page:

For example, here is the most recent screen:

JADE reaches more than 100,000 Judgments

It is a momentous moment. A dream for every aggregator of content: JADE has just reached its 100,000th Judgment. In fact we instantly exceeded that: we are now at 101,309 decisions. Just three days ago we were at 92,561 decisions.

Why the sudden increase?

Now that we are delighted with the reliability of CaseTrace, we have been ‘backfilling’ cases. We started with the Victorian Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal of the Victorian Supreme Court, next we loaded the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal and the Supreme Court of New South Wales. We now have decisions back to 1998.

That explains the 9% increase over the weekend!

Expanded pin point coverage

With our new CaseTrace system, we have expanded coverage to Victorian Courts. We are working on enhancing coverage of Queensland Courts, and, after that Western Australian Courts.

Before we commenced phase II of project ‘back fill’:

After backfill:

And we have more growth planned! Both in Australia and abroad. Stay tuned!

JADE Updated to Version

Updates aplenty

Hot on the heels of build 38, comes build 45.

This is mostly a maintenance release. However, the new features have been made available to you:

  • ADDED: Enhanced coverage for Victorian Courts in CaseTrace using new Jade 3.2 code base.
  • ADDED: Enhanced presentation of links to cited paragraphs in CaseTrace.
  • ADDED: New methods of handling the structure of decisions, with a view to new features in CaseTrace.
  • FIXED: metadata and invalid decision dates are now better handled.
  • IMPROVED: The CaseTrace overlays now provide better indications of cited paragraphs. That is, incoming citations to particular paragraphs.
  • BUG FIXES: JAD-1706 JAD-1769 JAD-1839 JAD-1767.

Quick Guide to JADE CaseTrace

JADE Feature Guide – Using CaseTrace

In this example, we will search for Butcher v Lachlan Elder Realty 218 CLR 592. Try it for yourself in JADE. Simply type butcher lachlan. To save time, this is the link to Butcher in the High Court which will take you directly to CaseTrace:

View the new CaseTrace

At the top of the page, you immediately see that Butcher has been cited (at least) some 66 times and that there are citations to numerous paragraphs. Let’s zoom in:

What is even better is that if we scroll down to, say, paragraph [36] of the Judgment, we can see (at least) some of the later cases citing that paragraph, and the context of those citations:

Let’s take a closer look at some of the text in the right hand column:

Clicking on one of the citations in the right hand column, pops up the context of the citation (and also provides the catchwords and citation:

You can click through to the earlier case if it is of interest. And, at the end of the judgment we feature (many of) the cases which refer to the case, including ones which might not pin-point particular paragraph references. Here is a snipped of the cases at the bottom of Butcher:

Jade Newsletter – February 2010 – Introducing CaseTrace

Welcome to the February 2010 edition of JADE news.

This is a brief update on some enhancements to the JADE service and tips on using JADE to make your legal research easier and more effective.If you have been using JADE to date mainly as an email notification tool we hope you will take another look at JADE and try our latest enhancement – CaseTrace.

Introducing CaseTrace

CaseTrace is a powerful new tool in JADE which gives you links to later cases at the paragraph level. We think it may revolutionise the way you undertake legal research.

At a glance you can see the cases which have cited particular paragraphs of a decision, see the relevant judicial discussion of that point – and go directly to the later case.

Try CaseTrace for yourself in JADE or take a quick look at the short features guide posted to this site.

New features and Enhancements

We are also continuing to improve the things that people already love about using JADE:

  • Simple search system. With google-like ease of use, simply type what you are looking for and JADE retrieves it. Quickly. Simply type a few words and bingo.
  • More cases – there are now almost 100,000 judgments available and this number is growing quickly.
  • Faster – we have a shiny new server cluster to keep up with your searches and have made numerous enhancements to the system to make everything more responsive and exceptionally fast. Please try it.
  • Up-to-date alerts – JADE excels at up to date alerts of decisions from the majority of Australia’s Courts. You can customize the alerts to ensure that they are targeted to your precise practice areas. We can help you with this.
  • More users – we have almost 4000 subscribers from around Australia and hope to add double that number in the next few months. Tell your friends.

JADE Updated to Version

JADE has been updated to version This version includes a number of exciting new features and enhanced performance:

  • Feature: CaseTrace. Provides pin-point accuracy for links to later citing decisions. Now supports paragraph ranges in citations. Automatically.
  • Improvement: Printing. Now it works and looks reasonably nice. We have more planned for this.
  • Improvement: Fonts are now easier to read, and you can select your own. We have Georgia on our mind. Do you?
  • Improvement: Table of contents of a decision (we call it the toc), where that decision has a ‘structure’ or a JADE editor has provided one.
  • Improvement: Link parsers (the magic which delivers case trace and all of the alerts) now cover an increasing number of jurisdictions and periods.
  • Improvement: Citation matching is even more sophisticated. We have a little way to go still, but it’s already rocking.
  • Bug Fix: Font issues fixed and fixes to CSS (which makes the site look nice(r)).
  • Bug Fix: Simplification and beautification of interface, with more consistency.

These changes are hot on the heels of new features we have introduced, which include (ignoring the enormous amount of programming and testing enhancements we have made):

  • Better printing. We have a way to go. But the printing now works!
  • Keyboard-based navigation. No need to use a mouse.
  • MAJOR SPEED upgrade. Upgrades to our infrastructure and our programming techniques leading to speed improvements of many orders of magnitude.
  • Extra metadata behind the scenes. You will see this in alerts and in our forthcoming features.
  • Preparation for an easy-to-use Panel interface.
  • ‘Backfill’ and reprocessing of earlier cases to take advantage of the brand new features in our parsing system.
  • Introduction of JADE Tracks.
  • Fixes for various recalcitrant browsers. Now all browsers look pretty good. However, our primary browser development is in Firefox.

Something missing? Do you have a suggestion. We would love to hear. Simply send us an email to: