Handling legal information

  • Philip Leith
  • Amanda Hoey


In the digital age it is difficult to provide a definition of just what we mean by ‘legal information’. Usually, we are referring to the general form of the media — legislation, case report, legal document or textbook. But, in fact, to the working lawyer — as we see later — there are a number of sources of information which are vital in order to run a successful practice or run a successful case. This is very much a ‘high level’ view of information. There is a lower level view which is just as important — one which relates to the ways in which computer-held information can be manipulated. In this chapter, we will look at some of these various computer-based techniques which offer advantages to the lawyer, and in later chapters we will put these techniques into a fuller legal context. First, we look at digital text, since this is becoming the primary format for most legal information.


Word Processing Optical Character Recognition Information Retrieval System Inverted Index Word Processor 
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© Springer-Verlag London 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Leith
    • 1
  • Amanda Hoey
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty ans School of LawThe Queen’s University of BelfastBelfastUK
  2. 2.Faculty of Business and Management School of Public Policy, Economics and LawUniversity of UlsterNewtownabbey, County AntrimUK

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