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JustCite: a legal citator is reborn

28th September 2010

“One of the few technological developments that genuinely succeeds in making a lawyer’s life easier”

A decade after its first release, the third and most mould-breaking incarnation of the provider-neutral JustCite citator and search engine went live today.

Running in parallel with the old service for a month, the new JustCite can be accessed during this period by clicking on the prominent link on the Quick Search page of the old site.

Of JustCite’s many facets, those most improved by the revitalised platform include: speculative keyword searches, which bring the most relevant cases to the fore more quickly than you’d find them in a textbook; new information page displays, which help users see how the cases they’re interested in relate to each other and include a snapshot of the case’s “status”; and easier-to-use deep links into third-party full-text databases, all reached through a single point of entry.

Much of the development of the new JustCite has relied on the input from an electronic focus group comprising a wide range of individuals from barristers’ chambers, law firms, universities and the public sector.

Seán Jones, a leading barrister specialising in employment and discrimination law at 11KBW in London, is a member of the group. He said: “The new JustCite stands out as being one of the few technological developments that genuinely succeeds in making a lawyer’s life easier.”

Justis Publishing’s managing director, Masoud Gerami, said: “I am delighted that the new JustCite platform has culminated in what we set out to do which was to combine the highest quality content with our most advanced technology, and produce a first class legal citator. The extra editorial added value and technologies for intelligent searching and ranking will make JustCite more of a must-have tool for serious legal professionals around the globe.”

An interview with two of the developers and an in-depth discussion of key elements the reinvigorated citator appears in the current issue of The Barrister. The JustCite story can be viewed here.