Legal Workstations -- Integrating Tools for Lawyers

Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, Canberra, September 1990

13 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2012

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Graham Greenleaf

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

Andrew Mowbray

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Alan Tyree

Independent

Date Written: September 1990

Abstract

The DataLex project has developed four separate pieces of software for the computerisation of various aspects of legal materials and legal work: AIRS, a full text retrieval system; LES, an expert system shell and automated document generator; HYPE, a hypertext engine; and X-SH (pronounced ‘x-shell’), a rule-based expert systems shell. In addition, one approach to utilising case law in legal expert systems, PANNDA (precedent analysis by nearest-neighbour discriminant analysis) has been developed in conjunction with LES and X-SH.

The current aim of the Project is to integrate all of these approaches to the computerisation of legal materials into one general-purpose tool, the ‘DataLex Workstation’.

In the course of this integration we intend to advance our second aim, the development of a theoretical vocabulary by which to describe the elements in the computerisation of legal materials. We hope to contribute to the development of a new vocabulary for legal argument and analysis in a new medium, computerised information.

The result will be to develop a theoretical and practical approach to combining four of the differing approaches to computerising legal materials — full text retrieval, expert systems, document generation and hypertext. We are not aware of any other research project that is attempting to integrate all four of these techniques.

A further, very practical, aim of the project is to develop and test the Workstation, and demonstrate its usefulness, through involvement in a number of proto-typical applications of its capabilities in practical legal work, in the public administration, private legal practice, the community legal sector, legal eduction and elsewhere.

There are 3 main components to this side of the Project: (i) improvements to the existing component programs; (ii) integration of the programs into the DataLex Workstation and (iii) writing documentation on use of the Workstation software, for use by application developers.

Suggested Citation

Greenleaf, Graham and Mowbray, Andrew and Tyree, Alan, Legal Workstations -- Integrating Tools for Lawyers (September 1990). Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, Canberra, September 1990. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2012846

Graham Greenleaf (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia
+61 2 9385 2233 (Phone)
+61 2 9385 1175 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham

Andrew Mowbray

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

Alan Tyree

Independent

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