Intern, Fojan Nourouzi, writes on her reaction to seeing JustisOne for the first time and what she thinks it could do for law students at university.
My first reaction to seeing JustisOne was ‘what a time-saver!”. Previously being a law student, I fully appreciate that time is of the essence and JustisOne makes it that much quicker to get specific results on the legal authorities you want.
The most appealing aspect of JustisOne is that it makes your research as personalised and as advanced as you choose. Looking back on it, I wish JustisOne was available while I was at university. I now realise how valuable it would have been to me during my third year of study as I was manually doing the exact same thing that JustisOne does for you with one click.
For example, I was spending hours reading through judgements of numerous cases to see how each of them cited the other. However, by a click of a button JustisOne highlights the cited cases in the judgement for you with a bold colour, allowing you instant access to the specific information you are seeking.
The key paragraphs feature equally has great functionality as it pinpoints the sections of the case judgement which have been mentioned the most and thus, effectively gives you an overall gist of the case.
Moreover, as a third year student, the precedent map would be especially beneficial as it takes you through the journey of previous cases, helping you to understand how and why the judges came to the most recent decision in the current case you are searching. Furthermore, the fact that this is displayed in a map layout is particularly helpful if you are more of a visual learner as you can first see the material from a bird’s eye view and then click on each case to get a more detailed image of how that individual case links to others.
Behind the scenes, the taxonomy developed by the Justis editorial team works its magic at categorising the materials down to their nth degree, something that is especially important for complex areas of law. At the front end, this means that with each legal authority you search you will see the areas of law that the legal authority is concerned with. This is most helpful because throughout your study of law you will realise that cases you first studied in Equity and Trusts Law under express and implied trusts for instance, will reappear in Family and Child Law under the financial division of assets on divorce. Thus, JustisOne’s categorisation will help you quickly identify how relevant that case is for other areas of law too and so you are more likely to remember it.
In addition, searching legislation has also become much simpler due to JustisOne. For instance, when you search a specific piece of legislation, it generates the number of cases which have cited that piece of legislation. This is an effective tool, especially if you are writing coursework or preparing for a moot because it allows you to stay up to date with which cases have been overruled by new Acts.
Another great aspect of JustisOne is that no matter how much time you leave the website open on your laptop or PC, the page does not reload and so you can return to the exact same page and paragraph you were researching. This is especially useful if you are writing coursework and want to take a break and then return to it. Similarly, JustisOne has a feature which stores your search trail. Even if you have signed out of JustisOne, on re-entering the website, by merely, clicking ‘History’ you can see your previous searches. This feature is rather unique in comparison to many other legal research databases.
Overall, thanks to JustisOne legal research has become much simpler and quicker yet without it compromising the effectiveness of the results. It is a great forum to find thorough and up to date legal authority.