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BRITISH AND IRISH LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE (BAILII)

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Wed, 15 Mar 2000 13:43:10 -0000

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- ANNOUNCEMENT -
     LAUNCH OF BRITISH AND IRISH LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE (BAILII)

BAILII (http://www.bailii.org), the British and Irish Legal Information
Institute Pilot Service, is the first web site to provide free access to
case law and legislation from numerous British and Irish courts and
legislatures, with a single search engine and uniform data formats. It
already includes 14 databases from 5 jurisdictions and over 400 megabytes
of legal materials.

BAILII has been developed by the Australasian Legal Information Institute
(AustLII - http://www.austlii.edu.au), in cooperation with steering
committees in Britain and in Ireland. AustLII is a free access Australasian
site which is operated jointly by the Law Faculties of the University of
Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
BAILII demonstrates the use of AustLII's software with British and Irish
data and AustLII's commitment to free access to the law.

AustLII Co-Director Associate Professor Andrew Mowbray gave the first
public demonstration of BAILII at the Citations Workshop at the University
of Edinburgh on Saturday 8 March, and to a meeting of UK government
official and invited British and Irish academics in London on 14 March.
Professor Mowbray wrote the search engine and mark-up software used by
BAILII and built its databases.

Following the interest generated at the 'Free the Law' Meeting in London
last November (see http://www.scl.org/free-the-law/), the Society for
Computers and Law  convened a UK Steering Group. In Ireland John Mee (Dean
of Law, University College Cork) co-ordinated an informal committee. The
three parties have cooperated in obtaining data so that AustLII could build
the Pilot System. The UK Steering Group has obained commitments of over
100,000 to help fund free access to law. A suitable system operator is
being sought in Britain and Ireland.

BAILII already includes 14 databases from 5 jurisdictions, which may be
searched singly or jointly:
        United Kingdom House of Lords Decisions
        United Kingdom Employment Appeal Tribunal
        United Kingdom Social Security and Child
          Support Commissioners' Decisions
        Court of Appeal of England and Wales Decisions
        High Court of England and Wales Decisions
        Scottish Court of Sessions Decisions
        Scottish High Court Decisions
        Scottish Sheriff Court Decisions
        Northern Ireland Court of Appeal Decisions
        Northern Ireland High Court Decisions
        Northern Ireland Legislation
        Irish Supreme Court Decisions
        Irish High Court Decisions
        Irish Legislation

Access is free. The system currently contains around 400 megabytes of legal
materials comprising over 75,000 searchable documents with about 2 million
hypertext links. The content of the BAILII site will be expanded
significantly over the coming months.

Courts or Tribunals that would like their decisions included in BAILII
should contact one of the sources of further information below. Expressions
of interest from potential system operators in British and Irish academic
institutions are also welcome.

Comments on BAILII are welcome and should be sent to one of the contacts
below.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

WEB SITES -

* The 'About BAILII' page at http://www.bailii.org/bailii/ provides details
on the development of BAILII and its background.
* The UK Society for Computers & Law 'Free the Law' pages -
http://www.scl.org/
* Laurence West-Knight's pages - http://www.lawonline.cc/ukileli.htm
* AustLII - http:www.austlii.edu.au
* BAILII - http://www.bailii.org

CONTACTS -

* Associate Professor Andrew Mowbray , Co-Director, AustLII
<[log in to unmask]> +61 418 635 275
* Professor Graham Greenleaf, Co-Director, AustLII <[log in to unmask]>
+61 2 9569 5310
* Philip Chung, Executive Director, AustLII <[log in to unmask]> +61 2
9514 3175
* Laurence West-Knights, Vice-Chairman, UK Society for Computers & Law
<[log in to unmask]> +44 860 315556
* John Mee, Dean of Law, University College Cork; <[log in to unmask]>
+353-21-903249
* Ruth Baker, Secretariat, UK Society for Computers & Law
<[log in to unmask]> +44 017 923 7393

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15 March 2000

Please forward this Announcement to any relevant lists that have not yet
received it, particularly those in Britain and Ireland. Apologies for any
cross-posting that may occur. A copy of this Announcement is at
http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham/BAILII/announcement.html

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Graham Greenleaf                   Tel: +61 2 9569 5310 (Home)
Professor of Law, Faculty of Law        +61 2 9385 2233 (UNSW)
University of New South Wales    Fax: +61 2 9569 8384 (Home)
Sydney 2052 Australia                 +61 2 9514 3168 (AustLII)
E-mail: [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]
Web Pages -  http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham/
Co-Director, Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)
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