UK Supreme Court Dockets on Westlaw: Five Key Takeaways
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. Available March 22, the addition of UK Supreme Court Dockets on Westlaw will give legal researchers 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.
Legal Current shares top takeaways about the new content.
- UK Supreme Court Dockets give legal professionals access to real-time updates on Westlaw, replacing the time-consuming task of scouring the UK Supreme Court website.
- The addition – which came in response to customers’ requests – 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. It will significantly improve workflow for litigators and researchers.
- UK Supreme Court Dockets help 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.
- The new 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.
- It’s 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.
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.