August 19, 2020

Thomson Reuters Adds Quick Check Judicial to Westlaw Edge

Designed for judges and essential to lawyers, AI-based feature further strengthens industry-leading legal research solution

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, August 19, 2020 – Thomson Reuters has introduced Quick Check Judicial, a new Westlaw Edge feature within Quick Check. The AI-based feature was designed for judges but also is a necessity for lawyers as it allows users to upload multiple briefs or memos from a single matter to surface highly relevant authority that neither party included and provides fast, automated review of citations and quotations.

Justice Randy J. Holland, retired, Delaware Supreme Court, noted the value Quick Check Judicial provides. “From a judge’s point of view, you want to be confident that you understand each party’s position and you want to be confident that you understand the state of the law. Quick Check Judicial allows you to do that efficiently and accurately.”

The advantages Quick Check Judicial delivers include effortlessly checking validity and accuracy of citations and quotations; seeing a list of authority relied on by both parties, providing a view into any overlap or divergence; and finding relevant cases cited by neither party to ensure that nothing is missed, mitigating risk of inaccuracies or omissions that may be discovered on appeal.

For attorneys, Quick Check Judicial saves time by eliminating the manual process of comparing an opposing counsel’s filings to review cited authority, find omitted cases, or analyze quotation discrepancies. Additionally, Quick Check Judicial gives the necessary insight to help strengthen a position and provide the needed confidence that the research was thorough and complete.

Holland added, “Attorneys only argue before the court so often, and even though the judge might hear the same cases a lot, attorneys aren't arguing them every day. No matter how good a lawyer is, it's hard to stay up to date with everything, but with Quick Check Judicial, you can go into court with confidence.”

“In our conversations with customers, they reiterated the importance of ensuring that nothing is missed or omitted in their own documents, but maybe even more importantly knowing what different information was or was not used by opposing counsel,” said Carol Jo Lechtenberg, senior director, Westlaw Product Management. “Quick Check Judicial delivers that insight and more, all while saving a substantial amount of time for lawyers but proving equally as valuable for judges and law clerks by providing a holistic view of the matters before them.”

Westlaw Edge was developed by attorneys and technologists at the Thomson Reuters Center for Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing working together to apply cutting-edge AI technologies to attorney-authored content and powerful legal research tools.

Quick Check, launched in July of 2019, capitalized on the development further. It expands the technology to select which language and citations to extract, executes several search strategies, sifts through countless results, follows citation networks, and after considering hundreds of thousands of possibilities, delivers a concise report of relevant material that might have been missed through traditional legal research. This marks the second significant enhancement to Quick Check following the addition of Quotation Analysis in April.

Quick Check Judicial is available to all Westlaw Edge subscribers. Legal professionals across courts in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have access to Westlaw Edge, ensuring that they have access to state-of-the-art legal products.

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Jeff McCoy