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Posted by Justis | 04 04 2017

From 11 April 2017 the way you sign in to Justis and JustisOne will change, but everything else remains the same. This month we will be launching our new website, to make it easier for you to access Justis and JustisOne from one location. From the 11th April visit www.justis.com to sign in to both...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 19 12 2016

Justis is delighted to announce that you can now access  Justis BVI Cases, Cayman Island Cases, Bermuda Cases, Jamaican Cases and Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Cases in an essential new JustisOne Core collection; perfect for Caribbean and offshore practitioners. You can also access Bermuda Law Reports and Cayman Islands Law Reports as Bolt-on content. Features of...

Posted by Justis | 12 10 2016

Today, we are very pleased to announce our new collection of Irish case law is available on Justis. This brings you the Justis Irish Cases (JIC) and the Judgments in the Law Library (JILL), including signed PDFs of the judgments, on our most advanced case law research service yet. It also marks a significant change in...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 10 07 2015

We’re attending AALL, are you? This July we are excited to be attending the 108th annual Conference of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following the highly successful release of our new product JustisOne at the CALL Conference in May, we are bringing it with us to AALL to show delegates...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 30 06 2014

The 2014 award for the Justis Law Librarian of the Year was awarded to Kim Nayyer at the Justis pre-CALL Social Party. We hope to make the award an annual occurrence and, having recovered from a busy and productive conference, we caught up with Kim to discuss her career, anecdotes and all things library! Justis...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 16 01 2017

Why should I consider cases from other jurisdictions when I’m undertaking legal research? This is a question that no doubt resonates with students and others when tasked with preparing for a case, assignment or other work requiring extensive research. With the shared legal history of common law countries such as England, Canada and Australia, it is not unheard of to have important cases heard...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 16 01 2017

Taxonomy: “A documented and orderly set of types, classifications, categorizations and/or principles that are often achieved through mechanisms including but not limited to naming, defining and/or the grouping of attributes, and which ultimately help to describe, differentiate, identify, arrange and provide contextual relationships between Legal Items, Entities or Types.” [1] Taxonomies influence the way we think...

Posted by Justis | 12 06 2015

It’s the Queen’s official birthday on Saturday; an event that is celebrated every year with Trooping the Colour. A real spectacle to behold for anyone around Horse Guard’s Parade in the year that would be her 63rd regnal year. This July will also mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of William IV and, most...

Posted by Justis | 26 05 2015

If you are conducting legal research the ability to filter and generate relevant results is very important.  In my experience of working in a technical support environment, search queries are surprisingly more common than you may think.  Of course there are lots of ways to conduct searches and there isn’t a perfect method across the board. ...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 17 04 2015

Since 2001 the judiciary of England and Wales has been issuing neutral citations to every decided case heard in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court (previously House of Lords), the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and a large number of tribunals. The catalyst for this change was Lord Woolf’s “Access to Justice” report of...

Posted by Justis | 17 04 2015

Recently I was reading that Justice Cory Gilmore, of the Ontario Superior Court, may have set precedent when he declared a power to strike provisions from a will because of the deceased person’s racist beliefs, even if the will contained no racist language. This got me thinking about whether this precedent could soon make its...

Posted by Justis | 21 01 2015

I recently read that “it doesn’t matter how many resources you have, if you don’t know how to use them, it will never be enough”. This got me thinking about the importance of knowing how to undertake effective legal research. It starts with a clear, working knowledge of the research platform(s) and ends with a...

Posted by Justis | 16 01 2015

What makes case law publications authoritative? That is something you often hear working in the legal publishing industry. Traditionally one may be inclined to answer that the authority of bound and digital publications comes by virtue of their publication by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (‘ICLR’) for England and Wales; producers of the Law Reports (‘LRs’) and Weekly Law Reports...

Posted by Justis | 07 01 2015

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree,” said the novelist Michael Crichton. History is as important for lawyers as any historian. Having an awareness of cases from times gone by, many of which will have set precedent for the...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 19 12 2014

Knowing how to distinguish between “good” and “bad” law is an essential weapon in every law student and lawyer’s arsenal of skills. Cases can be, and indeed often are, complicated. This is not helped by the tendency of some judges to use confusing and complicated vernacular that can appear nothing short of unintelligible. Trying to...

Posted by Justis | 16 12 2014

Knowledge of treatment types is essential for law students, academics and practitioners. Even if that knowledge is only drawn upon occasionally, it is useful to be aware of the routine every editor goes through in determining the treatment an authority has received. A user friendly method is to approach the judgment, and the task of...

Posted by Justis | 11 06 2014

Lord Donaldson stated in his 1982 Practice Note that in some cases it “may be desirable to ask for … a skeleton of the argument for both parties”. He could not possibly have been aware that 30 years later skeleton arguments would be required on all civil appeals. In the intervening years written advocacy has...

Posted by Justis | 17 04 2014

Budget is often the chief constraint when assembling a legal library. Though some may be fortunate enough to have a slush fund granted or a budget increase approved, the reality for most is that the time approaching the new budgetary year is a stressful one. With a set amount for the year ahead, meeting the...

Posted by Emily Craxton | 20 01 2017

“Every decision is binding no matter whether it is reported in the regular series of Law Reports, or is unreported. Once you have the transcript, you can cite it as of equal authority to a reported decision. It behoves every counsel or solicitor to find, if he can, a case – reported or unreported –...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 16 01 2017

It was recently reported by the BBC that in the future jobs will increasingly be at risk of automation from artificial intelligence (AI). Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2025 up to one quarter of jobs in the United Kingdom will be replaced by AI of some type. In the longer term, it is predicted that...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 16 01 2017

Taxonomy: “A documented and orderly set of types, classifications, categorizations and/or principles that are often achieved through mechanisms including but not limited to naming, defining and/or the grouping of attributes, and which ultimately help to describe, differentiate, identify, arrange and provide contextual relationships between Legal Items, Entities or Types.” [1] Taxonomies influence the way we think...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 21 09 2016

“Look to where the Law is going, not where the Law is.” Ayomide Akin-Oteniya recently organised an event at Hogan Lovells on celebrating diversity in the legal industry. The event was comprised of a number of talks for aspiring lawyers, most notably on how technology has diversified the provision of legal services. In the last 20 years, the...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 01 04 2016

Developments in science and technology have transformed virtually every industry and although it has been slow to adapt, the legal sector is no different. Clients are increasingly turning to the internet for legal information, and why shouldn’t they? The internet has made accessing legal information quick, easy and most importantly- free. Law firms are under...

Posted by Masoud Gerami | 08 12 2015

I attended the Law via the Internet conference in Sydney last month, as I have done a number of times since 2008.  This has always been an interesting conference to attend due to the sheer enthusiasm and dedication of those involved in the Free Access to Law Movement, including all Legal Information Institutes (LIIs).  It...

Posted by Justis | 17 09 2015

The way we are using technology is an ever-evolving process. As we adapt to new releases and advancements, all the while increasing our reliance on them, their presence becomes irreplaceable. For example the Chartered Information of Library Information Professionals (CILIP) reported that in 2014 the use of mobile devices to access the internet had overtaken...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 24 11 2014

Recently it was reported that the Birmingham based law firm, SGH Martineau, has been granted permission by a judge sitting in the High Court to serve an injunction over Twitter, against a far-right organisation that had taken to trespassing over their client’s university campuses. Perhaps surprisingly, this is not a legal first. In 2009 it was reported...

Posted by Justis | 01 10 2014

There are many ways to learn about the law. For university students they attend lectures and seminars, trawl through textbooks and casebooks, and occasionally trek to the library to sift through the archives of old case reports; more often filtering through relevant and irrelevant cases from the comfort of their student dorms on a laptop...

Posted by Emily Craxton | 25 10 2016

Change can be scary for some. But when a course prospectus warns you of the negative repercussions if you are faint-hearted, you start imagining the worst. Given the massive influx of barristers in the recent years, you wonder whether that is meant to deter people from embarking on the Bar Professional Training Course. To the...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 18 10 2016

“To LLB or not to LLB? That is the question”. As exam period approaches, many students at various stages of their education will be contemplating whether to, and perhaps what to, study at university. For some, the decision will be a simple one that is driven by long-standing ambitions or in a bid to pursue...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 18 10 2016

Whether you’re looking to start your first six or considering a third, applying for pupillage can be an overwhelming experience. With the Bar Standards Board (BSB) requiring that pupillages are advertised only on the central pupillage website for two weeks, and applications allowed for up to 12 sets, it’s easy to make mistakes in the...

Posted by Justis | 18 07 2016

Court; The theatre of the legal world where the law comes to life. An experience that can be unforgettable and fascinating in equal measure. For anyone interested in seeing the law in practice, but who hasn’t attended before it will likely be slightly daunting. I remember thinking that the multitude of formalities felt nothing short of alien....

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 01 07 2016

Exam period is approaching so it’s worth stocking up on tips on how to get the best of your revision. Scoring high marks in exams is not just about what you know or how much you know, rather it is how you apply your knowledge. You have to be strategic and follow a structure. Due...

Posted by Justis | 18 06 2016

For law students and practitioners, reading a judgment is nothing new. It is something ingrained in you from the moment you immerse yourself in the world of law. The problem is that as a law student, you are not alwways taught how to read the judgment in the most effective way. I remember on one...

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi | 17 05 2016

Preparing for a moot can be stressful. The scenario you are given may include issues which you have no prior knowledge on. Don’t panic, instead break down the preparation process step by step. Identify the area of law and then narrow it down to a specific topic (if the issues only concern one area). Try...

Posted by Justis | 10 05 2016

Knowing how you best learn is perhaps one of the most important things you can gain in your time studying. Are you a visual or auditory learner? Armed with this awareness you can start planning the best ways for revising. Once you’ve established your preferred method of learning, it is then time to decide on...

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi | 05 05 2016

There seems to be widespread opposition to the right to die from Parliament. This opinion seems to be rather consistent and entrenched as the BBC reported that 74% of MPs voted against the Assisted Dying Bill in 2015 in comparison to the 72% in 1997 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34208624). The dichotomy consists of those who believe that personal...

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi | 04 04 2016

Every law student is looking for the secret to writing a good law essay. “What do I need to include?” “How do I organise my ideas?” But most importantly, “how can I get access to the information I need to include quickly, yet efficiently?” As a general theme throughout your study of the law, you...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 16 03 2016

The United States may be known for its bizarre cases, but the courtrooms of England and Wales are not immune to their fair share of the downright peculiar court cases. Pringles are … crisps In the famous case of The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs v Procter and Gamble [2009] EWCA Civ 407 before the...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 16 01 2016

When a woman says, “I do” this in past times has meant that she gives up her ability to say, “I don’t want to”. This was the rule in common law for many centuries, taking the approach that by entering into a marriage, a woman contractually has forfeited her ability to deny her husband of...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 16 01 2016

The judgment in the case of CHEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD v Komisia za zashtita ot diskriminatsias is inconsistent with the Equality Act 2010 (EA2010),. Since being handed down on 16th July 2015,.there is the real potential that it will have substantial ramifications on the law governing discrimination in the workplace. Under section 19 of the EA 2010,...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 16 01 2016

Google, owner of YouTube, has announced that it will help fund the legal fees for content creators who have received takedown notices, where their material is considered to be fair use. Under the terms of United States copyright law the doctrine of fair use allows individuals to use copyrighted content without the permission of the copyright...

Posted by Justis | 06 11 2015

Trisan Hyatt, tenant at Invictus Chambers, considers the Court of Appeal’s decision in R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor and another (2015) EWCA Civ 935. In January 2015 Unison, the public sector trade union, was granted permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal (“the court”) after the High Court dismissed UNISON’s second challenge to the lawfulness...

Posted by Justis | 29 10 2015

Tuesday saw a success in the long-running battle between the European Union and telecommunications companies over mobile phone roaming charges; a problem that plagues holidaymakers across Europe. The Plenary of the European Parliament has finally adopted an agreement reached in June and formally adopted by the Council on 1 October, to end roaming charges for use of...

Posted by Justis | 01 10 2015

Determining the exact place which legal positivism and natural law as legal philosophies have in law can be difficult for students when first presented with these theories. Both are philosophical theories concerning the genesis of the legal systems; often being treated as rival views. The theory of natural law historically referred to the use of the...

Posted by Justis | 22 09 2015

Legal research can be a real headache as a law student. When I began my internship at Justis Publishing the only platform which I had felt comfortable using was Westlaw. This was until I got a chance to experience JustisOne, a legal research platform merging the best features from the other Justis products – JustCite and Justis. JustisOne...

Posted by Justis | 16 09 2015

Lord Devlin in the Wolfenden Committee argued that the law should serve a normative function in excluding social changes that are yet to become dominant public norms as perceived by society at large. This therefore combines the two views that the law should adapt to our evolving society as well as incorporating the paternalistic role...

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi | 14 09 2015

With any undergraduate education there is always a difference between theory and practice and the difficulties in transferring theoretical knowledge and adapting it to the real world. Legal education is therefore no exception.  The root of the issue seems to be that there is a difference between the aims of undergraduate education and those of...

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi | 26 08 2015

  The case of Fairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Services Ltd and Others [2002] UKHL 22 is a major development in the area of causation in tort law. The House of Lords here decided that in a case where employees had contracted mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure throughout the course of their employment, but where science...

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi | 12 07 2015

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...

Posted by Justis | 18 05 2015

European regulators are investigating major U.S. firms, including Apple and Starbucks, over how these multi-national businesses allocate their tax dollars internationally. If regulators find that Apple received unfair tax breaks in Ireland and Starbucks received unfair tax breaks in the Netherlands, both companies could be required to pay back the tax dollars they saved. The...

Posted by Zenaira Khan | 22 04 2015

Whether or not the QC title is still relevant is a discussion that the bar simply seems unable to shake off. When one objection to the system appears to have been adequately handled another one often raises its head. Most recently the relevance of the QC title has been raised in Sydney. It comes amongst...

Posted by Justis | 18 01 2015

In recent years there has been a noticeable rise in the number of big city law firms recruiting criminal practitioners to sit in or alongside their commercial teams. This development has been necessitated by the creation of new offences such as corporate manslaughter, and the changes to bribery and financial services brought in by recent...

30 03 2017

Justis Publishing Ltd  is pleased to announce that its provider-neutral legal citator, JustCite, now indexes both The Jersey Law Reports and the Jersey Judgments series. Masoud Gerami, managing director of Justis Publishing, said: “I am delighted to welcome the Jersey collection to our JustCite family. Jersey is one of the most well-known Crown Dependencies, and...

30 03 2017

New Justis BVI Judgments series to bring hundreds of electronically searchable documents to a worldwide audience for the first time London, United Kingdom, December 15, 2010 –(PR.com)– Beginning in January Justis Publishing[1] will host the Justis BVI Judgments on its full-text online legal library, Justis. Going back to 1994 and including indexed subject terms, the...

06 03 2017

Justis Publishing and vLex are pleased to jointly announce their Distribution Agreement for the regions of Continental Europe, Puerto Rico & Latin America.  vLex will serve as exclusive distributor for Justis Publishing in all these territories. This partnership with provide vLex clients access to Justis’ complete collection of United Kingdom case law and legislation and...

30 01 2017

Published in: AUSTRALIAN LAW LIBRARIAN Vol. 25 No. 1 2017 By Masoud Gerami, Justis. When I was at the local train station early one morning with a suitcase, the guard asked me where I was going. I said I was going to a law library conference – I was headed to Melbourne for ALLA 2016....

14 10 2016

Justis Publishing, the London-based legal information provider behind Justis and JustCite—-two leading databases for UK legal research, has unveiled its newest research platform—-JustisOne. This new “intelligent” research platform has greatly expanded the content of its predecessor, Justis, and will become an online legal library with “one of the largest collections of case law and legislation...

30 03 2015

Justis Publishing is delighted to announce that you can now access the Jersey Law Reports, Cayman Islands Law Reports and Justis BVI Cases online in an essential new collection that is aimed at offshore practitioners. This new package contains over 4,700 cases, across these series. This is complemented by the JustCite citator, which currently indexes...

02 05 2013

Justis Publishing said the new members of staff, who will analyse and research case law and legislation, will be paid starting salaries of £17,000 and will work from home. The company publishes legal information electronically and provides publishing software and services to the legal profession, government, academics and industry. Invest NI said it had offered...

30 03 2013

Justis Publishing Limited, a London-based legal publishing company, is establishing a base in Northern Ireland, creating eight new jobs with support from Invest Northern Ireland. Justis Publishing is an independent publisher of electronic legal information and a provider of publishing software and services. Its customers include legal professions, government, industry and commerce and the academic...

30 03 2013

“Headnotes reign supreme when it comes to digesting cases because they tell you what happened and what the result was. They give you the facts,” a London-based barrister said to me last year. A true and succinct assessment – just like a headnote. In the digital age where there’s so much case law online and,...

30 03 2012

Justis Publishing Ltd is pleased to announce that its JustCite citator now indexes South African court judgments from The Southern African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII). JustCite is a provider-neutral online citator that indexes, and seamlessly links to, millions of full-text legal documents from over 100 legal databases across the world. JustCite uses advanced search algorithms...

30 03 2012

Patrick O’Connor, solicitor and former President of the Law Society, who said that the Bill: “will springboard the legal profession two hundred years from the 19th into the 21st Century, which will benefit the public and ultimately all legal practitioners in Ireland”. Source & full article 

30 03 2012

Justis Publishing Ltd is pleased to announce that its JustCite citator now indexes South African court judgments from The Southern African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII). JustCite uses advanced search algorithms to help users find the most authoritative cases, and a sophisticated results ranking system that considers the legal relationship that cases have with one another....