Proctor : April 2019
41 PROCTOR | April 2019 Improving access to the law – CaseLaw upgrades with Supreme Court Librarian David Bratchford Your library Finding decisions from Queensland courts and tribunals is now a whole lot easier. As the official publisher of unreported judgments in Queensland, Supreme Court Library Queensland is committed to making its CaseLaw service (sclqld.org.au/caselaw) world-class. Over the last year we devoted significant time and resources to improving our online services to enable better access to legal information for all Queenslanders. A key focus was the review and upgrade of our CaseLaw service. Until recently, advanced search functionality and certain collections were only available to Queensland Legal Indices (QLI) Online subscribers. Now everyone – including the judiciary, legal practitioners, researchers and community members – can freely access and easily search the decisions of Queensland courts and tribunals. What’s new Advanced search Tailor your search to find relevant results using advanced search fields and filters, including: • party names • catchwords • judgment date • judge or decision maker • cited cases • legislation • reported or unreported decisions. Better search results, display and navigation Customise your search results view with new sort and display options, such as the number of results to display on each page. New navigation links allow you to move between the next or previous decision in your search results, and when browsing decisions by year, you can move between the next or previous year. My case list A great new feature is ‘My case list’, which allows you to save, view and print your selected cases in one location. You don’t even need to login – your case list will remain in your browser until you remove specific cases from your list or clear your browser’s cache. Improved case landing pages Improved case landing pages make it easier to browse and select relevant cases by providing a quick overview of a judgment without needing to download the full- text PDF document. They highlight key information about a decision, including catchwords, cited cases, cited legislation, and subsequent judicial consideration by Queensland courts and tribunals. Listed cases will also be hyperlinked if they are available in the CaseLaw collection, making it easier to locate related decisions. More content Explore new collections, previously only available to QLI Online subscribers: • Supreme Court of Queensland – Court of Criminal Appeal: 1972-1992 • Supreme Court of Queensland – Full Court: 1972-1992 • Supreme Court of Queensland – Trial Division: 1984-1999 • District Court of Queensland: 1984-1999 • Queensland Planning and Environment Court: 1991-99 • Queensland Retail Shop Lease Tribunal: 1984-1999 • Local Government Court of Queensland: 1984-1991 • Anti-discrimination Tribunal Queensland: 1996-98, 2002. What’s next This is just the first step. We are planning significant enhancements to our online services over the coming year. Stay tuned for more news. CaseLaw help? Visit sclqld.org.au/caselaw/about-caselaw for information on how to construct searches, instructions on using advanced search features, and a full list of the CaseLaw collections. Complete the CaseLaw feedback form (sclqld.org.au/caselaw-feedback) to report a bug or tell us what you think about the improvements. Contact the library for support and training: visit sclqld.org.au/contact-us or phone 07 3247 4373. Have you heard? Have you listened to our new Selden Society lecture series podcasts? The series features popular Selden Society lectures that explore the cases, people and events of our unique legal heritage, presented by expert and experienced judicial officers, legal professionals and academics. Subscribe now on iTunes, Spotify or RSS feed.