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Jureeka! New Tools Turn Legal Citations on Web Pages Into Links to Source Docs

The WisBlawg had a very helpful post last week on two new free tools that allow lawyers to have legal citations on Web pages automatically converted to hyperlinks to the actual opinions, statutes, law review articles and so on. The tools are called Citer, which is new from the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute, and Jureeka, created by New Jersey lawyer Michael Poulshock.

There are some basic differences between the two tools. Although they both recognize legal citations and provide links to free, full-text version of the cited sources (from sources such as Cornell Law School, Justia and the U.S. Congress), Citer requires the user to select the area of text that contains the cite you want to look up and then click a button to be transferred to the source. Jureeka, however, automatically turns the citation into a live link that the user can then simply click on to go to the content.

In terms of coverage, Citer currently covers the following sources: U.S. Code, U.S. Supreme Court and Circuit court opinions, CFR and Federal Register, statutes at large, and federal public laws. WisBlawg reports that Citer is working to expand this to state courts and some law reviews. Jureeka's coverage is even broader, covering selected federal, state and international sources, as well as some law reviews. A list of all of the sources that Jureeka covers is available here.

Note that Citer is available for use on multiple Web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera, while Jureeka is only available for Firefox and Chrome.

I downloaded the Jureeka add-on to Firefox here, and it worked easily and well. To see Jureeka in action, check out the screen shot below which shows an ordinary text citation (47 U.S.C. § 151) converted to a hyperlink.


Posted by Bruce Carton on January 25, 2010 at 11:26 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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