Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Are lawyers idiots?

When an outsider considers the price lawyers pay WestLaw to access freely available public domain documents like appellate court opinions, statutes, rules of court and administrative regulations, one has to ask the question, "Are lawyers idiots for paying that price?". There is a certain convenience factor having all that stuff in one place, I guess. Hunting down statutes, rules of court and administrative regulations leads in 51 different directions and takes effort, but finding appellate court opinions is easy

An introduction to Google Scholar case law search

1. Google Scholar stores and indexes appellate court opinions.
2. Google Scholar offers advanced Google search options.
3. Google Scholar will send you email alerts when new opinions matching your search criteria are added.

4. Google Scholar  knows that I am located in Kentucky. You may not be so lucky.
5. You can select any state or federal court in any jurisdiction.

Google Scholar menus are flexible. The advanced search option can appear in at least two different places on the main page.

The Google Scholar advanced search option is the standard Google  advanced search option . . . very powerful.

As far as I can tell, all of Kentucky's appellate court opinions through the end of March, 2014 are indexed and available. The decisions rendered by the Court of Appeals on April 4, 2014 are not yet available.


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