Category Archives: User Guides

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.


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 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 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


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.


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:

If you have suggestions, please let us know

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

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.

Continue reading

CaseTrace further updated

CaseTrace at a glance — an exciting new JADE research feature

CaseTrace is one in a number of new JADE features we are introducing in time for JADE’s second birthday on 15 April 2010.

In this post, we give you a brief glance at CaseTrace using a recent decision of the High Court of Australia, IceTV.

How CaseTrace Works

CaseTrace works looking forward in time, so you will get best results by looking within cases which have not just been delivered. You will be able to find those cases by tracking forward in time. To experiment, try a decision of the High Court, say, published in 2001 or thereabouts.

Case Trace updates immediately, as soon as BarNet’s JADE processing system (called Gertrude) reviews decisions which have just been delivered. Gertrude is checking all of the time. In the case of the High Court, we are checking every few minutes.

Because Gertrude never sleeps, this means that what you see when you follow along with this post is likely to be different if a judgment has cited the IceTV case.

Also, bear in mind that some decisions are not made available electronically immediately. Sometimes it can take months, or even years, before a Court releases a decision online. There are various reasons for this delay. We won’t bore you with them here.

Let’s get started

Using JADE’s Google-like search system, simply type the words icetv hca in as shown, and press enter (or return if you have a Macintosh).


Let’s search for the IceTV case in the High Court of Australia

Here is the first entry returned for our search


To jump directly, put this in your browser: Otherwise, click on the title of the case.

Click on the title of the case


On the right hand side you will see JADE’s CaseTrace facility

This is the place where you can see how frequently this decision has been cited subsequently.

Zooming in, you will see that particular paragraphs which have been subsequently cited are referenced. We have some plans to make this table even more useful. But you will have to stay tuned for that.
Let’s click on paragraph [33].

The browser jumps to paragraph [33]


You may have to scroll down to see all of the citations or press the plus sign (+) to open the citations.

Pressing the + symbol opens up the citations to that particular paragraph.

Let’s zoom in

And let’s click the first item.

Up pops the full reference to [2010] FCA 44.


Clicking on [more] expands the catchwords.

Let’s click on that case to jump to it within JADE.


Here are the catchwords. Clicking on the title of the case, takes you to Justice Gordon’s reasons for decision.

Here is the case.


Lets return to IceTV by pressing the back button.

Let’s look at the view full report feature.


Here’s the CaseTrace Box for IceTV on the right of the page. Click on view full report.

Full Report view lists cases where the decision may not provide a citation to the particular paragraph number.


This takes you to the bottom of the Judgement, where all detected decisions are listed.

Let’s select one to show what is available.


Let’s zoom in to the citations section.

We click on the number


Clicking on a citation reference, causes a pop up to show …

Here is the context.


Which gives the context in which the case is cited.

Enjoy. And give us any feedback. You are able to provide feedback from within JADE.

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: