Tag Archives: Electronic Legal Research

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The risk of missing a later decision by relying on an out-of-date citator is why many of us learn to undertake a search on the decision as well.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

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 (v3.9.7.110 Build 434.004) (6 February 2012)

This document describes the new and improved features of JADE (http://jade.barnet.com.au) as at February 2012.

The JADE Home Page is kept up-to-date

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You will note that we have more than 151,000 decisions and legislation on line.

New Search Bar (with added intelligence)

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Searching for Tabet v Gett is as easy as typing a few letters of each of the names. Of course, if you would like to do one of the famous JADE searches, simply press return. Otherwise, you can jump directly to your case.

And you can also search by citation

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And you can type the citation, and find the decision, or citations to that decision. If the decision is in JADE, you will see the words “document in Jade”. Of course, this is not the physical report, but the decision as released originally by the Court or tribunal.

If the decision is not in full text, our CaseCite service will find you references to the decision

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Imagine that we are looking for this citation [1983] 1 NSWLR 317. We can type it into the search box, and it will find the case. If the decision is not in JADE, you will see “show citations”.

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