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A full-text database is a where the complete text of each referenced document is available for online viewing, printing, or downloading.
On Justis, a full-text document is the judgment, law report or statute. This is in contrast to indexed content, where we provide a listing of that case or statute, with metadata and links to where you can find the document itself.
We have extensive full-text databases for case law and legislation from the UK, Ireland, the Caribbean, Australia, Canada and Europe, as well as the full-text for a variety of international content. When you search these by keyword, or phrase, Justis also searches the text of the judgment/act for results.
You can instruct Justis to search only full text databases under the search box. Select ‘Full Text’. The blue document in the right hand corner indicates the judgment is available on Justis.
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On Justis, you have access to both full-text documents and indexed content. If no judgment is available, this means we have indexed the case even though we do not have the judgment.
To go to the full-text on another service, simply go to citations and sources and choose from the links.
For judgments, we source our content from a mix of suppliers. These include the Courts themselves, their official transcribers, legal institutions such as the Bar Library and practitioners themselves. In addition we hold the full text for a number of third party published case reports such as the International Law Reports.
Our meta data such as parallel citations, cases cited and subsequent cases citing is generated predominantly by the mark up work our editorial team undertake as we index judgments and the leading case reports. This is supplemented by meta data supplied by other publishers such as Lexis Nexis.
Justis is a research platform designed for case law and legislation, so we do not currently offer commentaries.
We are looking to integrate links to others sources to find related commentaries in the next stages of development.
No, all legislation contained is displayed as enacted.
Justis provides visible amendment trails and direct links to the consolidated versions. You can link directly to the legislation.gov or go through to relevant subscription service.
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Our crosslinks are generated by the Editors and are a result of their analysis of the citing judgment. They mark up case relationships as 1 of 14 treatment types, which can also be grouped into positive, negative or neutral treatments.
We aim to have every judgment available within 48-72 hours of receipt, however there are exceptions in the minority of cases.
We cannot guarantee a set time as we are dependent on different suppliers from each jurisdiction, each of which update us at differing times. For UK, we are dependent on our supplier Casetrack, the courts transcribers.
Justis provides access to court judgments, major and specialist reports. For court judgments, these are court transcripts and therefore there are no head notes, with the exception of the Irish JIC database where we product these in-house.
Headnotes remain an important resource for practitioners. However, the practice began nearly two centuries ago to address the needs of that time. Headnotes are limited by their very purpose – to provide a static interpretation of a case created by an editor at the time of reporting – and are only produced for a small percentage of judgments.
Advancements in technology can be used to offer additional information which can help practitioners with legal research in more demanding times. A key benefit of better technology, is that you can navigate an even greater body of content effectively.
The key passages tool on Justis offers an example. You can establish how a case has been subsequently quoted, see key extracts of a case based on the most cited passages and identify which key points from the case are of most relevance – at present day.
As cases are used over time, specific points of note or the interpretation of a particular point may change, as well as the social and political circumstances of the time. The means the headnote becomes less relevant than at the time of publication. There are many examples available on Justis where the original headnote no longer aligns with how the case is interpreted today.
Of course, key passages cannot replace headnotes in summarising a case, however the alternative benefits are equally, if not more important.