JustisOne launched in 2016. Creating it, our goal was to take what our previous platforms did – Justis and JustCite – combine it, make it better and add new features. The end result is a platform which encompasses all the benefits of the previous platforms and more.
In this article we will explain what’s new and different on JustisOne. For those of you who will soon be migrating from a previous platform, we hope this will help you know what to expect; for those who have not subscribed to a Justis product before, this will serve as a useful background into the making of JustisOne.
Justis: The original database, launched in 1999.
The original Justis platform is a reliable, user-friendly medium for authoritative and specialist case law and legislation. Launched in 1999, it was widely regarded as one of the most intuitive online libraries at the time.
JustCite: A legal citator, launched in 2005.
JustCite is a one-of-a-kind research tool. It provides a comprehensive index of content on over 120 legal research services with metadata for each case/Act.
The metadata provides an overview of the judicial history of a case/Act. This is invaluable for establishing the status of the law as you can see how a judgment has been subsequently treated e.g. overruled, distinguished etc (for both reported and unreported cases), and for legislation, you can see the cases which have influenced its interpretation.
This is produced by our editorial team, who cross-reference every case and statute and mark up related authorities. The classification contains 14 treatment types to provide meaningful guidance on the relevance of each authority.
JustCite also acts as a gateway to other platforms to help you manage the increasing number of databases. You can use it to see which services provide a case/Act. Deep-links take you directly to the full-text on another service.
It became clear our users would benefit from having both the metadata and full-text in a single, unified resource.
On top of this, we believed more could be done with technology to improve research practices. We saw new opportunities in combining the technology and editorial added value we had developed for JustCite with the vast libraries of full-text judgments. Developments in technology, such as in machine learning and data mining, presented possibilities to do more with case law. As a legal information provider we wanted to make the most of this.
JustisOne is both a full-text database of case law and legislation as well as a citator. Through better design and smart technology, it makes it easier to conduct key research tasks, such as establishing the status of the law or finding related authorities.
What’s new on JustisOne?
We have combined Justis and JustCite together; you now have access to the judicial history of a case or Act, alongside the full-text. This brings all the information you need in one place.
Easily find, view and download essential documents. You will have access to the digitised version of the judgment, print-ready law reports, and official judgment PDFs.
Thousands of judgments available on JustisOne have been digitised for the first time and the databases continue to expand.
On JustisOne, simultaneously search the main database and an index of law reports, court decisions and official legislation on over 120 services, including Westlaw, LexisNexis and BAILLI. This means if the case you need isn’t on JustisOne, you can link directly to another service.
This makes JustisOne primarily a full-text database, but also a gateway to other services. Or another way of putting it – the function of JustCite operates in the background.
If you require access to a law report, the citation information ensures you can instantly see whether a case has been reported and in which series, so you can easily find the most authoritative version.
JustisOne provides insight on how a case has been subsequently cited. On the left of a case you can see the most cited passages. You can also highlight every sentence that has been cited to explore additional arguments and references.
Highlighted passages update according to subsequent decisions to reflect the dynamic nature of the law. This ensures that you can carry out an up-to-date analysis of influential passages.
JustisOne has a completely new, intuitive design.
The screen is divided into analysis tools on the left, full-text on the right. The new Read Mode is clean and distraction-free for a comfortable read on any device.
Multiple View mode and a new document manager allows you to compare and flick between documents easily without opening new windows.
Vital information is displayed clearly. For example, when viewing a case, if it has been heard in a higher court there will be an alert, and in the list of cases which subsequently cite it, all negative treatments are shown first.
Search with ease; you can search in usual ways, as well as searching by category (includes main practice areas and key terms), by any citation, for text within a case, by abbreviations, by common names and using search operators. It doesn’t even matter if a citation bracket is in the wrong place!
Benefit from more relevant results. A range of factors are at play; including the court, jurisdiction, case title, judgment text and the number of citation relationships with other cases.
When you don’t know what you are looking for, say you don’t have a particular case in mind, it can be hard to find authorities which discuss a particular issue, especially if there are no commentaries available.
To help, every case on Justis has been consistently categorised, including reported cases and judgments directly from the courts.
The taxonomy used for categorisation has been developed especially for JustisOne. It is now the most comprehensive legal categorisation model available, and contains over 1.5 million terms – with everything from ‘company law’ to ‘unfair dismissal for malpractice’.
What really sets it a part is its consistency. This was achieved by data mining a huge amount of judgments, and by using a combination of semi-automated processes and editorially driven checks. It powers all of our search technology, improving accuracy.
If you previously used the categorisation on JustCite, this is a significant improvement as it is more consistent – On JustCite, the categorisation was taken from various sources (a mix of our own and what was supplied by data partners).
On JustisOne you will find in-text highlighting for related authorities. We list all the related authorities under three tabs; Cited Cases, Cited Legislation and Citing Cases. You can click on the number beside the related authority to highlight the part of the judgment where it was referenced.
6. Updated Precedent Map
The Precedent Map has been updated! Previously available on JustCite, it is now cleaner, crisper and more interactive.
For Justis users who are unfamiliar with the Precedent Map, it is a visualisation of a case’s relationships with others. It shows you at a glance where an authority has been considered and how cases have treated or cited each other.
Anything else to note:
The Justis Parliament and EU collections are not yet available on JustisOne.
Table of Comparison
|Categorisation||Yes (multi-sourced)||Yes (more consistent & detailed)|
|Citations in context||Yes|
JustisOne combines the functionality of our previous platforms into a single, unified resource. On the new platform, you benefit from extensive collections of case law & legislation and quick access to official documents. The index of content ensures you can locate legal authorities, searching is flexible and accurate, and new technology tools highlight cited passages, connect related authorities and displays information in more useful ways.
In the coming year, expect to see more in JustisOne, both in terms of features and content. Built to apply technology to the law in new ways, this is just the start of what is possible!