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Alistair King

With an academic background in engineering, Alistair King has spent most of his professional life in book publishing, journalism and electronic legal publishing. The marketing manager at Justis Publishing, where he has worked since 2007, he has learnt about the law, technology and legal research on the job, and has interviewed scores of practitioners and librarians over the years.

Whether in print, on CD-ROM or on the internet, case law in one form or another has been around for generations, but the essential methods of using it haven’t changed that much over the centuries.

Backed up by legislation where it exists, we predominantly continue to rely on official law reports, regardless of the methods used both to identify them and to check the current validity of the precedents they set. This status quo continues to be supported by many of the prominent players in the legal information market.

But a new standard in legal research is starting to emerge and we at Justis Publishing are aiming to be at the forefront of this movement.

JustCite), the multijurisdictional citator from Justis, has been rebuilt from the ground up, with the new version released in December 2010. More recently it has been enhanced to incorporate details of barristers in England and Wales, cross-linked to their cases. But perhaps the biggest shift is that now the first page of JustCite results is available without sign in, so that non-subscribers can benefit from JustCite’s search results.

So in 2002 the JustCite citator was launched to bridge the gap between series. Indexing a wide variety of case law and legislation, it joined the more established citators on the market in offering a time-saving solution to the problem of establishing the current status of law.