Posts Tagged ‘CourtListener’
Professor Dr. Brian Carver of the University of California, Berkeley, and Michael Lissner, have announced the availability of Free Law Virtual Machine, a new set of tools from Free Law Project.
Here are excerpts of the announcement:
A goal of the Free Law Project is to make development of legal tools as easy as possible. In that vein, we’re excited to share that as of today we’re officially taking the wraps off what we’re calling the Free Law Virtual Machine.
For those not familiar with this, a virtual machine is a snapshot of a computer that can be run by anybody, anywhere. With this release, we’ve created a computer running Ubuntu Linux that our developers or academics can download, and which has all of the Free Law Project’s efforts pre-loaded and ready to go.
In addition to a number of minor improvements, the following are installed and configured:
- Development tools such as Intellij, Meld, vim, and Kiki
- Bookmarks of all American courts
In addition to providing a simple virtual machine that you can install, we’re also releasing sample data that can easily be imported into the CourtListener platform. This data is available in groups of 50, 500, 5,000 or 50,000 records so that anybody can easily begin working or experimenting with our platform.
If you’re interested in using the Free Law Virtual Machine, feel free to download and use it, and please get in touch in our developer forum. [...]
For more details, please see the complete announcement.
Eric Mill of the Sunlight Foundation has posted the text of his presentation on tracking government information and open legal data, given 26 April 2013 at the AzALL Congressional Information Symposium, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Here is the introduction to the presentation:
I recently got a chance to go speak to a group of Arizona law librarians about legal informatics [...]
They found me because of Scout, and asked me to talk about tracking government information. I decided to start with Scout as an example, to zoom out to similar projects [GovTrack and CourtListener] , and then to describe the conditions necessary to make projects like ours possible. Because the audience was law librarians, a sympathetic crowd inside an unsympathetic area of government, I emphasized the necessity of absolutely free access to data as a fundamental requirement and right. [...]
For more details, please see the complete post.
CourtListener is a recently developed current awareness service for decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and Circuit Courts of Appeals. The service provides current awareness via RSS (scroll down) or email alerts.
CourtListener was developed by Michael Lissner as a Master’s thesis project at the University of California Berkeley School of Information.
According to Mr. Lissner’s thesis:
CourtListener.com [...] aims to [...] provid[e] a free and open source platform for the aggregation, organization, search and retrieval of legal documents. The aggregation of new court documents is completed by a daemon on a rolling basis, building a huge corpus, and providing the latest cases from the Federal Courts of Appeal within — on average — about fifteen minutes from the moment they are published on the court website. From there, the documents are quickly indexed, and RSS feeds and document listings are updated. Finally, at the close of each day and beginning of each week and month, alerts are emailed to registered users informing them about topics that they have identied as relevant.
CourtListener is an example of the kind of innovative legal information systems that the Law.gov legal open government data project seeks to enable.