Casemaker 2.2, an enhancement to both the Casemaker database and legal research engine, went live for Alabama State Bar Members the week of March 22, 2010. So far we are getting good feedback.
The Casemaker 2.2 upgrades bring Alabama State Bar users an even more comprehensive database of case law and provide improvements in the search engine to power faster return of results, however, the architecture of the new database resulted in two helpful change that you should know about:
- Casemaker 2.2 separates newly passed statutes which have not yet been added to the Alabama Code of 1975 into a separate book in the library. Recently passed acts were previously found as the last link in the Code of 1975 book. The new book, where brand new statutes are now found, is called Session Laws. When browsing or searching statutes, you should always either check both the Code of 1975 book and the Session Laws book, or you may run a MultiBook search with these two books checked. The MultiBook Search link is found on the main Alabama library page, on the right hand side of the page next to the Currency link.
- A new All Jurisdictions button added to the top of the search results page now allows you to re-run your current search in any other jurisdiction, with just two clicks of your mouse. This button is found to the right of the other commands (Previous Page, Next Page). Just click the button for a drop-down list of all other jurisdictions, then click the one you’d like to rerun the search in. Supreme Court, Circuit Opinions, and District Court Opinions are at the top or the list, for ease of use.
We hope that you’ll enjoy these enhancements. If you have any problems or questions, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.