Copying Case Citations in JADE

You know the drill: you have found the winning citation and all you need to do is to get it into your submissions. That’s the bit that takes the longest time; typing checking and typing agin. There is now a much easier way, using JADE® technology.

Following many user requests, the JADE legal research platform team has just implemented a fast way to copy and past citations from the case you are viewing to make your research that much faster and more accurate. This is an additional method to our amazing JADE Marks.

Copying a citation using copy and paste, JADE style

We are going to copy the citation to Butcher v Lachlan Elder Realty Pty Ltd [2004] HCA 60; 218 CLR 592 (02 December 2004). Heres how:

On the right hand side of the case page you will note the top box.

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Let’s zoom in:

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You will see the [copy] text next to the citations.

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The Citation dialogue box

Clicking on that gives you, a dialogue box in the centre of the page:

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Selecting the buttons at the bottom, and toggling them, gives you various options:

  • Formatted. Turns on formatting of the case name into italics.
  • Date. Includes the decision date in parenthesis.
  • Bench. Includes the name of member(s) of the Court giving the decision.
  • Invert. Reverses the Medium Neutral Citation and the Authorised report (where there is an Medium Neutral Citation).
  • All Reports. Provides a listing of all of the known reports for that decision, not just the most authoritative citation.
  • Link. provides text which contains a link to the decision in JADE.

Here’s an example of the Formatted and Date Button:

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Here’s an example of the all reports button in use:

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Simply click on copy to copy that selected text to your clipboard, and next paste it into your document.

 

Conversational legal research

Introducing JADE Chat-and-Know™

Over the past year, our legal research boffins have been working to make your legal research faster, better, and more enjoyable. We could think of few better ways than mobilising our massive database of legal knowledge and making it available at your (voice) command.

With JADE professional’s emerging Chat-and-Know™ technology, we are taking the next big step towards a conversational model for legal research. Starting today, we are inviting our existing JADE professional users to sign up to our limited beta. To join, please speak with your JADE professional consultant. If you have not already signed up to JADE professional, please ask about joining this beta after you sign up.

Conversational legal research is nothing new

Remember the good old days, back before the arrival of AustLII in the mid-1990s, when we would ask our colleagues for assistance, and discuss our most pressing legal questions with them. And that process would elicit a range of legal possibilities that boolean searching simply could not capture.

The coherence of law was manifest in those discussions, as was the imprecision of the answers we would receive, often requiring many hours of further library research. The collegiality of the legal profession was cemented by this common quest for legal knowledge.

We need to campaign for the value of ‘less is more’

Since the rise of online legal research, the art of conversational legal research has been undervalued: it seems that vast quantities of irrelevant results churned out through imperfect and primitive electronic legal research tools have gained undeserved ascendancy.

In this age of research excess, we have forgotten that simplicity and clarity is often more valuable than the presentation of every decision in which a discretion is exercised. We need to remember that ‘less is more’, for our clients, in court, and because people want us to tell them the time and not build them a clock.

Conversational legal research is about reclaiming and reimagining how legal research might be in the post-screen age. By using only your voice, you will be able to undertake legal research and get answers to some of the most difficult questions. Strike up a conversation about the rule of law. Discover answers to questions through a simple conversation. Cross-examine, Jasmine, our JadeBot.

Conversational examples

With Jasmine, you will be able to have conversations. We will publish some examples in our next post.

A photo by Matt Benson. unsplash.com/photos/MKLRMeKctI4

BarNet’s JADE API Explained (convert your blogs and legal scrapbooks to JADE in seconds)

We have been travelling around Australia showing lawyers and law librarians the delights of the BarNet JADE legal research platform. As ever, we are honoured that you have let us see the many ways in which you would like to do legal research. Apart from making JADE the best way to perform legal research, we also want to make life easier for budding legal bloggers.

The Present

That's us, inside the mind of a budding student blogger.

Most bloggers love to blog with references to AustLII. That’s because AustLII was the only option for many Courts and Tribunals. Now you have a choice for your legal research. At least for some Courts and Tribunals. If we have missed some, let us know and we will do our best to obtain coverage.

JADE has almost 150,000 items in its database, we have more than 750,000 references to cases. Almost every case cited in a decision in Australia in the past few years is included. We are working to ensure complete full text coverage in important areas. We code for topics. And we support specialist panels in particular subject areas.

But, if your blog is covering recent cases, you will already find us comprehensive and timely. Continue reading

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.