Monday, March 3, 2008

PreCYdent is a new, completely free legal research service

What Company Is Offering:

PreCYdent is a new, completely free legal research service that uses state-of-the-art search technology similar to that used in Web search to greatly improve the quality and convenience of your legal research.

How It Works:

The basic search is very straightforward. Just put a query with one or more words into the search bar, hit search or enter, and you will get the list of results matching your query, ranked by Authority. You can then if you choose do a more advanced search if you choose in opinions or statutes.

You can search in all of their sections: Opinions, Statutes, Uploaded documents, Links, Legal Questions and Lawyers. They will also have soon a Congressional Records section. Moreover, if you start your search, for example, in the Opinions section, on the results page you will be able to change sections, and your search will be executed automatically in the new section. So for example, if you are looking for opinions related to presidential powers, and then would like to have a look at statutes on the same topic, you only have to click on the Statutes bar at the top of your results page, and you will visualize the statutes matching your query. This is a very effective way to search over all the sections your are interested in.

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