The Law Via the Internet
conference is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Cornell University on
October 7-9th. I will be attending, and with any luck, I’ll be
presenting on the topic proposed below.
Wrangling Court Data on a National Level
Access to case law has recently become easier than ever: By simply
visiting a court’s website it is now possible to find and read thousands
of cases without ever leaving your home. At the same time, there are
nearly a hundred court websites, many of these websites suffer from poor
funding or prioritization, and gaining a higher-level view of the law
can be challenging.
“Juriscraper” is a
new project designed to ease these problems for all those that wish to
collect these court opinions daily. The project is under active
development, and we are looking for others to get involved.
Juriscraper is a liberally-licensed open source library that can be
picked up and used by any organization to scrape the case data from
court websites. In addition to a simply scraping the websites and
extracting metadata from them, Juriscraper has a number of other design goals:
- Extensibility to support video, oral argument audio, and other media types
- Support …