Internet Newsletter for Lawyers
May/June 2004, by Delia Venables

Two Important New Research Tools - JustCite and LawLinker
reported by Delia Venables

JustCite, www.justcite.com, from Context

JustCite is a legal reference search engine which provides a fully cross-referenced index to authoritative UK and European legal information. The user types a reference or case name into a search box and is then presented with a comprehensive overview of information relating to the reference.

In addition to full-text links, the user is offered a variety of important information, such as (for cases), a list of parallel citations, subject matter, cases and legislation judicially considered, and subsequent cases and transcripts. Similarly, entering a reference to a section of an Act tells the user whether it is currently in force and lists subsequent cases that have interpreted it, any amending and amended legislation, and other information.

JustCite offers the facility to view metadata related to each individual section of an Act. It is the only provider-neutral legal research service and combines searchable content from different publishers within a single interface. In some cases, the user can link directly to a free resource, such as on BAILII or HMSO although in others the user needs a subscription to the service concerned, such as Justis, LexisNexis Butterworths or Westlaw UK.

JustCite comprises two services - a free service (JustCite Basic) and a paid-for service (JustCite Plus). The free service, which requires no registration, offers a subset of the citation information mentioned above, including parallel citations, full-text links and subject matter abstract (for cases) and references, links and "in force" information (for legislation). Free trials of JustCite Plus are available.

You can also access the Justcite Basic facility (free) on the Venables site at www.venables.co.uk/justciteaccess.htm.

Lawlinker, www.infolaw.co.uk/lawlinker, from Infolaw

Lawlinker identifies legal references on a web page and provides direct links to the publicly available full text source materials (i.e. the free ones). It provides a table of links to the available resources and also sets up additional searches on Google and infolaw's Lawfinder database to aid further research or if a direct link is unavailable.

Lawfinder is particularly useful in any situation where the user needs to follow up statutory or case references. For example, if a user is reading a judgment online, Lawlinker provides a table of links to any Cases and Acts referred to and the user can then click through to the full text of the Case or Act concerned. The reference table stays in the top frame so the user can click back and forth to follow up as many references as needed.

You can obtain a free 30 day trial to Lawlinker. You have to register to use the service and you also have to download a small piece of software which works with the browser software to provide the facility.

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