Thursday, 11 March 2010

Free Legal Web

FreeLegalWeb is being pulled together by Nick Holmes, with the aim of delivering; "better, affordable, joined-up access to the law". Ideally this would link up all of the good free resources that already exist, such a BAILII, government information, primary law and secondary law, commentary and know how.

It sounds great, if ambitious, and could be an alternative to the expensive commercial resources that help us to obtain commentary and analysis, primary and secondary law.

"FreeLegalWeb is a collaborative project which will provide intuitive, joined-up, public access to the law and legal guidance via:

· A user-generated knowledge base of expert guidance on the law
· Underpinned by direct access to all publicly available primary law and related resources
· A content-analysis system automatically connecting articles to related primary law and other resources on the internet.

It will benefit all who require better, affordable access to the law, providing a wide-ranging public and community service via a Community Interest Company."

The beta site is due to kick off this spring, focussing on housing law only. The hope is that this first platform will help to attract potential sponsors and grow the project.

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