It is human nature to love free stuff! However, it’s not necessarily likely for people to recognize that what appears “free” often comes with a few caveats. In Free Legal Information is Not Risk Free Jean O’Grady succinctly unpacks a recently released report on the state of legal information. Important warnings abound regarding free legal information, especially as relates to State materials found on the Internet.
Take heed of just a few of the findings below:
- State provided legal information sites provide minimal search capabilities: citation retrieval and some basic searching
- Case citators are not provided by any State case-law sites
- Ambiguous dates for when many free State provided statutes were last updated
- Some States post disclaimers regarding reliability of the information
Legal researchers, the general public and especially attorneys using freely available legal information resources on the Web beware: “free legal information is not risk free”.
Click here for a full PDF of the State of Legal Information report findings.