The court opinions of Massachusetts and Delaware just became more digital. For the first time ever, the comprehensive collections of caselaw in the two states are now online via Ravel, and freely available to anyone with an Internet connection.
This is another step in our collaboration with Harvard Law School to digitize the entire, authoritative collection of US court opinions. Access to legal information is fundamental to our system — it’s why we have open courtrooms — yet, until now, legal materials have largely remained locked behind expensive paywalls or archived in analog books. We’re working with Harvard to change that, and that means that anyone can now read all of Massachusetts and Delaware’s caselaw for free.
For the public, this is an extraordinary new resource. For legal professionals, our subscription-based services are built on top of Harvard’s case law library, and the data adds even more depth to our professional-grade services like Judge Analytics and Case Analytics.
Massachusetts and Delaware join New York and California as states that are now fully digitized and analyzed. Their legal materials encompass the start of the republic to the present, and we’re proud to bring them online as part of Ravel’s platform. Expect more news from us as more states come online.
We just took a big step forward in making the law freely and easily available.
Starting today, as part of the Harvard-Ravel digitization project, the comprehensive, authoritative collection ofCalifornia case law is available online at Ravel. For the first time, anyone can search and read all California court opinions for free, including landmark rulings on every topic, from same-sex marriage (In re Marriage Cases, 2008) to separation of powers (Houston v. Williams, 1859). Each case is accompanied by a high-quality scan of the original book in which it was published, providing an authentic version that can not be found anywhere else but Ravel.
For lawyers, law students, academics and the general public, this is an extraordinary resource that was previously out of reach to many.
California’s court opinions are a critical part of our country’s legal “operating system,” yet until today these rulings have been locked behind expensive paywalls and printed in books available only to a limited few. Ravel now makes this vast legal database available to everyone, along with powerful tools to sift through it.
We’re incorporating Harvard’s case law collection into the rest of our platform as well. For professionals who subscribe to our suite of analytical tools, you’ll soon find California state judges as part of our Judge Analytics feature and will be able to explore in powerful detail how these judges make decisions.
There is enormous pent-up demand for access to the law. Since we announced our collaboration with Harvard our web traffic has gone through the roof, with more than 200% month-over-month growth in users and a 160% increase in page views. We expect these numbers to continue to rise as more case law comes online, more people learn about this resource, and more professionals turn to data-driven insights to develop legal strategy.
With this expanded, comprehensive body of case law, we’re excited to scale in new ways. Stay tuned for details to come.