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CALIFORNIA LAWDESK DEBUTS: CRIMINAL & CIVIL CASE LAW NOW ON COMPACT DISC; COST-EFFECTIVE, FAST ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL RESEARCH

CALIFORNIA LAWDESK DEBUTS: CRIMINAL & CIVIL CASE LAW NOW ON COMPACT

DISC; COST-EFFECTIVE, FAST ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL RESEARCH
 SAN FRANCISCO, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Under its contract with the state of California, Thomson Electronic Publishing today announced California LawDesk, providing the only complete criminal and civil case law from 1969 to present on a compact disc (CD). The new product, which runs on an IBM-PC/AT or compatible computer, comprises both the California Official Reports (Cal. 4th and Cal. 3d) and the California Official Appellate Reports (Cal. App. 4th and Cal. App. 3d). LawDesk also includes the latest Advance Sheets, summaries and headnotes from the Official Reports. In the near future, slip opinions will be added to the disc.
 "LawDesk enables legal professionals to research the case law in minutes and ensures that any relevant case is retrieved," says Kathryn Downing, president of Thomson Electronic Publishing. "California's attorneys, judges and other professionals now have a fixed-cost, affordable electronic research tool that places case law on their desktops."
 Published under a contract with the state of California, LawDesk is ideal for small firms and solo practitioners eager to implement electronic research. It offers the benefits of on-line legal research -- fast high-quality research -- at a fixed and predictable cost. With LawDesk, small firms can more effectively compete against larger law offices. By installing LawDesk on a server, case law can be accessed easily and simultaneously by all members in the office. This networking capability also attracts larger firms and the courts.
 Contents of the case law appear on the computer screen exactly as they appear in the Official Reports, making LawDesk familiar and easy to use. Through hypertext, which creates electronic links between items of related information, users can maneuver among various cases without conducting a new search each time additional information is required.
 LawDesk enables legal professionals to access case law in various ways. When a word is entered, the program displays cases that include that word. By modifying the key word with additional words, the user can target relevant cases.
 Lawyers can also retrieve data by entering the case name or citation. The opinions of a specific judge can be easily obtained, as well as all cases involving a specific attorney or a particular party. Once located, the desired information can be incorporated in its entirety or in part into an existing document, or printed out.
 Edward Jessen, reporter of decisions for the California state courts says that LawDesk is a "vast improvement in accessing the law. This should provide economies in what it has traditionally cost to research the law. The ability to more thoroughly research relevant authorities tends to combine the best of electronic computer searches with traditional legal research sources, such as digest classification and headnotes."
 LawDesk is the first in a series of new products that will be offered to California's legal community by Thomson Electronic Publishing, the electronic publishing affiliate of law book publisher Bancroft-Whitney Co., San Francisco. Both quarterly and monthly updates will be provided for LawDesk. Eventually, the official reports dating from statehood will be available on CD, as well as Bancroft-Whitney's Witkin Library, Deerings Annotated Codes and California Jurisprudence.
 Thomson Electronic Publishing currently offers LawDesk at a base cost of $2,998 per system. Installation, training and support services are also available. The company's contract with the state provides complimentary copies to all Supreme Court and Appellate Court justices as well as to the libraries for the Supreme, Appellate and Superior courts.
 Thomson Electronic Publishing also provides case law on CD ROM to legal professionals in New York, Kansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Arkansas and Mississippi. Other states are scheduled to be added in the future.
 For additional product information, call 800-982-2822.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Kreisman of LawDesk, 415-929-3534; or Judy Kimsey, 510-523-8137, for Thomson Electronic Publishing/ CO: Thomson Electronic Publishing ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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