Welcome to eJudgements
eJudgements is a unique way of presenting Court Judgements, currently focusing on the Superior Courts in South Africa.
With the change to the digital age, the traditional law reporting model has not adapted. Whereas the Law Reports produced by the commercial publishers held a monopoly on what was accessible to the legal profession (and anyone who wanted access to Court judgements) because it was simply not possible to access judgements other than obtaining them directly from the registrars of the different Courts, that changed with many of the Courts having their own websites (for example, the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, and the Labour Court). With the advent of Saflii, access to the law was advanced immeasurably.
But the benefit of the digital age is also its downfall – there is just too much information to be able to sift through quickly and easily to find the definitive answer. A library, without an indexing system, is just a pile of books. So too, the internet.
That is what eJudgements seeks to address: Making sense of a mass of information.
A Google search including Saflii, or any of the other sites, will produce results, but they still need to be sifted and if the search criteria are not exact, they will miss what could be a crucial case.
eJudgements not only makes use of the extremely powerful Sharepoint search functionality, but cases are also being tagged to enable searches to be refined (eg according to subject matter, Court, even counsel who appeared in the case).
eJudgements is cloud-based, so you are not tied to your desk. As long as you have an internet connection, you have access.