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Online Source For Law And 'Flaw'

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New Delhi, May 4 (UNI) A law information retrieval service-- eJurix-- went online as two Supreme Court judges hit a few computer keys last night.

'One more' milestone was how the hosts described their twin Web and Personal Digital Assistant service inaugurated by Justice B N Srikrishna and retired Justice S N Variava respectively.

Spectrum Business Support Ltd Managing Director Devdutt Modak told journalists the firm has provided caselaw search and retrieval solutions for 17 years.

The new online service will put at users' disposal some 300,000 court judgements and related and other data-- growing every day, Modak said.

He said the service intended as a tool for law professionals was sure to reduce the time taken in researching cases.

Modak said the site was secured to ensure against any tampering with the original text of judgements and other data.

Arshad Hidayatullah, a senior advocate associated with developing the online service, explained the painstaking effort that went in transcribing material.

Answering questions, he acknowledged the importance of ensuring that mistakes do not creep into text-- nor any apparent error in a judgement get 'rectified' in transcription.

''The idea is to reproduce matters faithfully,'' Hidayatullah said, adding that the process was elaborate and involved layers of checks.

He cited how while processing an Excise and Customs court judgement, the editors came across a curious expression: ''the flaw laid down by this Court.'' Assuming it was a typographical error, the editors went to the source judgement-- only to find that it, indeed, asked the authorities to deal with an issue ''in accordance with the flaw laid down by this Court.'' UNI MJ AD HT1230

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