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Increasing court backlogs? Gain time with more efficient research

The backlog never seems to stop growing. Cases are continually filed, and it's hard for courts to find enough time to get everything done.

Now, on top of the workload, many courts are closed across the U.S. Those that do open are having to adapt their technology and procedures to maintain social distancing. Judges and clerks alike are having to learn new ways of working that are unparalleled in the judicial system.

And still the backlog remains. How can courts ensure they still give each opinion the level of effort and care that each case deserves?

Save time to focus on what matters

One way to save time is to speed up the most basic task: research. Gone are the days spent endlessly poring over books. Today's legal research technology allows courts to quickly search for cases and check citations.

With Quick Check Judicial, judges and law clerks can speed up research even further. It allows them to upload multiple briefs, memos, and other documents from a single matter into the tool. Then, they receive a report that shows the citations relied on by both parties and highly relevant authority that neither party included in their briefs.

Having this type of insight at their fingertips gives them a jumpstart on research for an opinion. Learn about how courts are using technology to gain efficiencies during this pandemic in our webinar.

Gain insights into the parties' strategies

The citations parties include are nearly as important as those they leave out. Did a party miss an important case? Did they intentionally try to avoid an authority while building their arguments?

Gaining a quick view of the authority each party relied on can only take courts so far in understanding their strategy. It's equally as essential to see whether any relevant authority was omitted.

Quality check their own work

It's one thing for the parties to omit an important precedent, it's entirely different for a court to do so. Missing relevant authority could lead to an appeal of a case. With Quick Check Judicial, courts can check their own work to mitigate the risk of an appeal due to inaccuracies or omissions not caught by the court.

How this will impact attorneys

What attorneys will come to realize quickly is that Quick Check Judicial gives the courts a new level of insight into their case strategies. It also allows judges and law clerks to more easily notice any errors—no matter how seemingly small.

This new level of awareness—both granular and high level—isn't only available to courts. It could be in your opponent's back pocket as well. That additional knowledge could be the difference between winning and losing a case.

Increase efficiency with research

With the backlog as the catalyst, courts across the country are embracing new technology and AI-enabled legal research tools. This allows them to quickly scan court filings and opinions for relevant authority and missed opportunities. Using these tools in your own research can allow you to see what others may have missed and stay one step ahead of the competition.

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