In an Australian legal sector first, LexisNexis has launched Lexis Legal Analytics, a suite of big data analytics tools, the first module of which will surface insights from High Court cases.
The High Court Analyser will provide insights on people and their connections, legal outcomes, words and phrases judicially considered and most cited cases.
The culmination of an eighteen-month project, The High Court Analyser is integrated with the legal research platform, Lexis Advance, and is powered by CaseBase, an Australian case citator that provides details of where a case has been reported, where the main case has been considered and a digest of the points of law. CaseBase is used for discovering the judicial history of a case, listing all the subsequent decisions that referred to it and whether it is still ‘good law’.
Simon Wilkins, general manager for LexisNexis Australia said: “Lexis Legal Analytics draws upon 100 years of legal content publishing with the excellence of cutting edge analytics technologies, including machine learning and natural language processing.
“This platform aims to make traditional legal work more insightful and is the result of us listening to industry feedback and applying highly advanced analytics technology to our vast content set. For our clients, this will mean efficiency and confidence that no cases and insights have been overlooked in their preparation,” said Mr Wilkins.
The Analyser will go some way towards the work LexisNexis is doing with LexMachina and Ravel in the United States – where federal and state case law is publicly available – that includes forecasting likely judicial outcomes; which judges favour which case law; and which legal teams are most successful in terms of damages and speed of outcome.
In a statement out today (19 September) Lexis said: “Building a winning case is not just about getting your legal research right, it’s also about understanding the people involved, their connections and potential outcomes.”
The High Court Analyser leverages interactive visualisation to “add another dimension to legal research and case strategy” and the platform has been optimised for use across a range of devices.
“The High Court Analyser was built by a team of legal specialists and engineers who joined forces in a project lasting eighteen months, to address challenges faced by our customers,” said Julie Austin, data analytics manager at LexisNexis Australia.
“We are currently closely working with our customers to develop the next modules that will complement our first offering, High Court Analyser. Looking ahead LexisNexis will continue to push boundaries and showcase what can be achieved through analytics,” said Austin.