BAILII

British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)

A sophisticated searchable database of online primary legal resources, updated daily and included among the Guardian's top 100 UK websites. It has made a huge contribution to freeing the law for students, educators and the general public, and is increasingly important in difficult financial climates as an alternative to expensive commercial databases. BAILII contains judgments, decisions, legal texts and commentaries of all kinds. In supporting all legal researchers and demonstrating its value to citizens, the service also reinforces the wider relevance of higher education and academic research. The innovative funding model uses charitable status to generate funds to cover all its costs and supplement the provision of infrastructure and expertise by the Institute.

IALS is the host institution for BAILII since its establishment in London, is represented on the Board of Trustees of BAILII and is involved in the management, administration and promotion of the service.

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BAILII, the British and Irish Legal Information Institute http://www.bailii.org/ based at IALS is a sophisticated searchable database of online primary legal resources, updated daily. It has made a huge contribution to freeing the law for students, educators and the general public, and is increasingly important in difficult financial climates as an alternative to expensive commercial databases.

BAILII contains judgments, decisions, legal texts and commentaries of all kinds. In supporting all legal researchers and demonstrating its value to citizens, the service also reinforces the wider relevance of higher education and academic research. BAILII has been a leading exponent of information sharing and an open access ethos since its formation, providing free and frequently updated online access to British and Irish case law and legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports and other law-related British and Irish material - maximising access to this key information to promote justice and the rule of law which in turn supports liberty, responsibility and understanding.

BAILII is legally constituted in the UK as a company limited by guarantee (No 4131252) and as a charitable trust (registered charity no 1084803) and has been supported by a number of major sponsors and is assisted by many other organisations and individuals. Donations enable BAILII to meet the costs of maintaining and developing its website.

BAILII is the most popular free legal website!
The annual Society of Legal Scholars and BIALL Survey shows that BAILII, by a large margin, is the most popular free website with legal content which assists academic teaching staff and students in their law studies and which they access frequently.

As published on the Guardian.co.uk site on 9 December 2009 and in the Technology news & features section of the Guardian newspaper on Thursday 10 December 2009.

BAILII Lecture 2016
On Wednesday March 2016 the Annual BAILII Lecture will be given by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales on the topic of: Developing Commercial Law Through the Courts. The lecture took place in the auditorium of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer: 65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HS.


BAILII utilises the Sino free text search engine and a suite of hypertext mark-up, web indexing and case law capture applications devised by information systems pioneers at the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) and has shared their prior expertise with minimal metadata, search and hypertext facilities. BAILII is a member of the Free Access to Law Movement.

 

Page last updated: 27th July 2016