March 16, 2023
Thomson Reuters Adds UK Supreme Court Dockets to Westlaw
- Gives legal professionals access to real-time updates on Westlaw, replacing the time-consuming task of scouring the UK Supreme Court website
- Enables users to efficiently find, track, and understand litigation in the UK High Court and Supreme Court with functionality and content offered only on Westlaw
LONDON, March 16, 2023 – Thomson Reuters is providing legal professionals with more comprehensive coverage of UK courts and access to real-time updates, expert editorial case analysis, and content sets unique to Westlaw UK. With the addition of UK Supreme Court Dockets on Westlaw available March 22, legal researchers will have easier access to High Court and Supreme Court proceedings, integrated with Westlaw capabilities that improve their workflow and enable them to operate more efficiently.
A docket – a record of litigation events as a case goes through the courts – starts when a claim is filed and records each procedural step until judgment. Dockets show what cases are happening, their status, who the parties and representatives are, and next steps.
The UK Supreme Court’s docket system contains information about cases – both decided and current – that have been filed at the court since 2009, when the Supreme Court replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords as the highest UK court. Thomson Reuters added the UK Supreme Court Dockets to Westlaw UK in response to customers’ requests.
“This enhancement alleviates the time-consuming task of scouring the UK Supreme Court website with real-time updating, enabling users to efficiently find, track, and understand litigation in the UK High Court and Supreme Court with functionality and content offered only on Westlaw,” said Andrew Buckley, vice president, Research and Commentary, Thomson Reuters.
Specifically, the UK Supreme Court Dockets enable users to easily search for new and ongoing litigation via the case’s status, party name, and filed date; create daily alerts on new litigation, specific courts or parties, and other information; track individual dockets and be alerted to any changes; link from the docket to expert case analysis and content sets on Westlaw UK, including Practical Law, to easily understand the complete litigation picture.
Buckley added, “This content will inform legal professionals’ case strategy around new case law developments or developments to a particular litigation topic being followed. It will also shape business development strategy, helping users monitor litigation areas of interest, competitors, and clients. And it will inform due diligence strategies, making it easier to monitor the competition and identify potential litigation or acquisition targets.”
Expanding coverage of the UK court system is a significant enhancement and the latest in a series of Westlaw developments, including the launch of Westlaw Precision, which dramatically improves research speed and quality by enabling lawyers to target precisely what they are looking for.
“UK Supreme Court Dockets will significantly improve workflow for litigators and researchers,” noted Buckley. “It will allow users to be more confident that their research is thorough and uncovers whether anything has changed.”
There is no additional subscription cost for UK Supreme Court Dockets. In the United States, UK Supreme Court Dockets are included as part of a dockets subscription.
To learn more, visit the UK Dockets on Westlaw page.
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