Lawcite and citation updates performance history

There are strengths and weaknesses of legal citators. One strength is that a citator can provide a researcher with pin-point updates when a later decision has made reference to a particular passage within an earlier legal decision. JADE’s CaseTrace provides that pin-point accuracy as well as general references made by later decisions. The references turbo-charge your research efficiency. One potential risk of using a citator is that unless it is kept up-to-date, the absence of a reference might suggest that a decision has not been considered at all. We call this citator currency.

The risk of missing a later decision by relying on an out-of-date citator is why many of us learn to undertake a search on the decision as well. If a decision of the High Court of Australia or an intermediate appellate court casts doubt on a legal proposition, the astute legal researcher needs to know about this immediately.

When we have been teaching students how to do legal research, we have regularly compared CaseTrace with other systems. One of these is AustLII’s LawCite. LawCite has many more citations in it. At the time of writing (14 February 2015), there are 4,638,414 citations in LawCite and 1,149,123 citations in JADE. It is not possible to know how many of the Citations in LawCite are references to secondary materials.

Citator Currency in Jade’s CaseTrace and AustLII’s LawCite

JADE CaseTrace. All CaseTrace references in the JADE legal research platform update instantly, as soon as JADE has parsed the most recent decision referring to a judgment or statutory reference. The paper clips on the right hand side of the JADE page are instantly updated. Searching also works immediately.

AustLII’s Law Cite. The story is quite different with AustLII’s LawCite. Since we started monitoring the published update frequency within LawCite in August 2014, we noticed the following:

Our Review Date When LawCite was updated Last update Period between updates Cases and Articles in LawCite
20-Aug-14 07-Jul-14 44 days 4,550,035
26-Aug-14 25-Aug-14 1 day 49 days 4,550,035
27-Aug-14 26-Aug-14 1 day 1 day 4,563,832
04-Nov-14 26-Sep-14 39 days 31 days 4,577,280
10-Dec-14 02-Dec-14 8 days 67 days 4,613,759
28-Jan-15 12-Dec-14 47 days 10 days 4,616,118
14-Feb-15 10-Feb-15 4 days 60 days 4,638,414

View Videos to See the Power of JADE — JadeMarks and CaseTrace Explained

Seeing helps to understand the power of JADE as a professional legal research platform.  By popular request, we have released the first two videos which have been scripted, narrated, and assembled by a former member of our editorial team, James H el ler JadeMarks and CaseTrace. We have several more in production.

JadeMarks

JadeMarks give you the ability to annotate judgments to keep track of decisions or legislation for easy retrieval and to help in your legal preparation. You can also share your JadeMarks with colleagues. James Hel ler shows you how you can use JadeMarks in JADE to improve your legal research.

CaseTrace

CaseTrace in JADE gives you pinpoint accuracy and allows you to see the evolution of decisions. See James show you at a glance how CaseTrace is one of the very special features of JADE which makes JADE an excellent legal research tool for Australian and international lawyers and research.

If you have suggestions for additional videos or improvements to these videos, please email our editorial team. We’d love to hear from you. The suggestion about removing the piano music is being actioned.

BarNet JADE allows you to search directly by law report citation

This brief post shows you how BarNet’s JADE legal research platform helps you to find cases by most citations

Here is a handy single graphic which explains how JADE helps you search for legal citations

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Searching in JADE is now that easy

The JADE Go bar saves you time with your legal search

To search with JADE’s excellent go bar, you can type a few characters of the names of the parties. JADE then shows you the results which match. If you select a popular combination, you can still perform a JADE search by pressing the enter key.

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You can even use Natural Language within JADE to save time

Using natural language within JADE, lets you search and display, cases with pinpoint accuracy, thanks to our CaseTrace service.

With this new feature you can:

  • Find references to specific pages, even when there is no medium neutral citation.
  • Instantly find what was said at a particular paragraph using Medium Neutral Citation format.
You can use plain english to perform your search. Here are two examples:
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If you have suggestions, please let us know

BarNet JADE at a glance (v.3.9.5.95 — Build 391) (15 September 2011)

New and improved features

We have been busy little legal monotremes. Our September Build 391 has a spectacular number of improvements which should make your legal research much more rewarding.

In summary here are the three best bits:

  • Finding a place in an appellate judgment.

Use JADE and tell us what you think. These screenshots show BarNet’s JADE  legal research platform (http://jade.barnet.com.au) as at 15 September 2011.

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JADE described in a few seconds

What is JADE?

BarNet’s JADE (Judgments and Decisions Enhanced) is a free professional legal research platform. JADE is designed to make it easier to find, use, share, and present accurate legal information.

JADE has been designed and built by lawyers for lawyers. It is much more than a simple repository of legal information. It is a carefully considered attempt to fix many of the things which we think have been wrong with online legal research for some time.

Why you should try JADE

There are plenty of compelling reasons why you should use JADE for legal research:

Nothing new to learn

We’ve made it really easy to get started with JADE. We dislike complex systems that require hours or weeks of study before you can use them productively. JADE’s brilliant research interface helps you get started immediately Just type and go! We think that it’s the best legal research experience and system available.

Smart (and intuitive) Search

We built a search engine with legal learning. We understand your request in a legal context. The results are presented to get what you are looking for; even if you didn’t quite know what. And quickly.

CaseTrace (our super citator)

At last, a citator that allows you to see, with pinpoint accuracy, the development of legal reasoning within case law over time. See at a glance how a particular paragraph from an earlier judgment has been considered in later decisions with the relevant text.

The CaseTrace interface saves you time by allowing you to consider the context of the citation and to click through to the subsequent relevant cases.

Annotations to help you remember

You can mark up cases and particular words with your own annotations, which you are always able to retrieve. JADE’s editorial team have created public topic and other annotations to assist you.

Look good (and get output)

JADE excels in presenting your research in many ways. Now, you can print out JADE content to take to Court (in a legible and usable PDF format), export into a word document for inclusion in your opinions or submissions, or send by email in many formats.

Our emphasis is upon accuracy and fidelity: to produce a decision with formatting as close to the original as possible.

By default, whenever you print, export, email, or view the case, you will receive the latest CaseTrace results and the latest annotations. It’s like the magic pudding of legal research.

Timely Email Alerts (summarised)

We have automatic email alerts. You can choose to receive a digested summary of all of the decisions received (for nominated courts or tribunals), or tailored to your areas of practice.

Coverage

We cover the decisions and other output of 73 Australian Courts and Tribunals. More coverage coming soon.

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.

Stars

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.

Spelling

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.

CaseTrace

  • 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.

Jade updated to version 3.2.0.55

JADE updated to include refinements

We are working towards some very significant additional features. These will be available in then next release. We have been concentrating on getting all of the bugs ironed out following our work on moving the JADE development platform.

The response to CaseTrace has been very encouraging. Remember, if you have any suggestions for new features or improvements to existing ones, we’d love to hear about them. Simply send us an email to jade@barnet.com.au or click on the feedback tab within JADE.

This release contains custom search, notifications and tips, and further streamlining ‘under the hood’, particularly to the usability of CaseTrace.

If you use Internet Explorer (IE7 or IE8), we strongly suggest that you use the Chrome plug-in. This will make JADE work a whole lot faster with Internet Explorer. You will be told if you need to use it. And it will be downloaded for you. You only need to download it once.

Custom search

We have released a very early version of custom search. We’ve buried it in the interface until we get it just right. Don’t worry, it’s going to be a lot easier to use than it presently appears.

You are better to use our google-like search facility at the top of each page within JADE, unless you need something more directed.

Our HELP system will assist you to locate custom search if you need it.

Please give us some feedback and tell us how you would like it to appear.

Notifications and Tips

We now offer enhancement and chance notifications. We also offer suggestions (sometimes called Tips).

CaseTrace

  • IMPROVED: The CaseTrace overlays now provide better indications of cited paragraphs. That is, incoming citations to particular paragraphs
  • IMPROVED: JADE CaseTrace Report features additional paragraph pop-ups.
  • NEW: Shading within a case report gives a hint with pop-up cited case information.