Sunday, October 02, 2005
Ind. Decisions - Indiana "Case Clips"
I've added "Case Clips" to the right-hand column of this page, in the Indiana Legal Resources section.
What is "Case Clips"? It is "an archive, going back to January of 2001, of selected decisions of the Indiana appellate courts, abstracted for judges by the Indiana Judicial Center." It comes out nearly every week, although the dates of the cases are a little mystifying. The current issue, dated Sept. 22, 2005, includes cases from 9/13/05 through 9/22/05, plus on outlier from 8/31/05.
At the beginning of each issue are one to two sentence summaries of the selected opinions' holdings. These are linked to longer "summaries" (edited opinions, in much the same style the ILB used to do).
Oddly, the summaries do not appear to be linked to the opinions themselves, although the actual opinions are easy enough to locate. [Or maybe not so oddly, as all the internal links in the summaries are to Lexis (subscribers only), rather than to the opinions on the Court's own website and the statutes on the General Assembly's website.]
One thing that would make these summaries even more useful would be to add a subject categorization to each (eg. "Family Law", "Real Estate") and then put the summaries into a database, sortable and searchable. I made a start on that project last spring, then put it on the back-burner. Time maybe to revive it.