Free Law Reporter: CALI’s New Free Law Resource, Built with RECOP Data

CALI, The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, has launched The Free Law Reporter (FLR), a new, free, online source of full text U.S. federal and state court decisions, published from January 2011 to the present.

Click here for a list of the content.

FLR contains data from RECOP, The Weekly Report of Current Opinions, distributed by Carl Malamud‘s Public.Resource.Org. RECOP is a project of the legal open government data movement. FLR appears to be the second service to use RECOP data. The first appears to have been John Joergensen’s State and Federal Caselaw from the RECOP Project, at Rutgers-Camden Law.

The developers of FLR appear to be John Mayer and Elmer Masters of CALI.

FLR offers access to individual court decisions and to ebooks, in the open EPUB format, containing weekly compilations of court decisions from particular U.S. jurisdictions. Click here for 1FLRAlaska.epub, the first FLR ebook compilation from Alaska state courts. According to FLR’s technology page, FLR ebooks are available from the FLR Website and from CALI’s Legal Education Commons.

John Mayer also says: “you can do a search for cases [in FLR] and then download all of the results as an epub file.”

According to FLR’s technology page, FLR ebooks:

can be read on Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs and laptops as well as iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. Amazon Kindle support is possible through third party conversion programs like Calibre while we research more direct paths to Kindle support.

FLR uses the Solr open source search engine. Click here for more details on the technology behind FLR.

Click here for Courtney Minick’s informative post about FLR at Justia’s Onward blog.

Click here for Bob Ambrogi’s informative post about FLR at his LawSites blog.

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