At CodeX, researchers, lawyers, entrepreneurs and technologists work side-by-side to advance the frontier of legal technology, bringing new levels of legal efficiency, transparency, and access to legal systems around the world. CodeX’s emphasis is on the research and development of computational law (complaw) — the branch of legal informatics concerned with the mechanization of legal reasoning.
CodeX projects also fall into the following areas:
Legal Document Management involves creating, storing, and retrieving legal documents of all types—statutes, case law, patents, and regulations. The multi-billion dollar e-discovery market is heavily dependent on Information Retrieval (IR) technology. Automating information retrieval dramatically reduces cost and can often outperform manual search in terms of accuracy. CodeX is investigating various innovative legal document management methodologies, and helping to facilitate the use of such methods throughout the legal industry.
Some CodeX projects focus on building the systems, which allow stakeholders in the legal system to connect and collaborate more efficiently. Leveraging advances in the field of computer science and building upon national and international standardization efforts, these projects have the potential to provide economic and social benefits by streamlining the interactions of individuals, organizations, legal professionals and government as they acquire and deliver legal services. By combining the development of these platforms with multi-jurisdictional research on relevant regulations issued by governments and bar associations, CodeX supports responsible, forward-looking innovation in the legal industry.
These three approaches to solving legal information problems can build on each other, leveraging the strengths of each technique to provide the most effective solutions.
Computational law is the branch of legal informatics concerned with the mechanization of legal reasoning.
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