Why not just use Google?

eJudgements’ South African Online Law Reports is not a simple search engine which searches without a context.

A Google search will work fine is you know exactly what you are looking for. It will also work ok for judgements which are rendered in html or other readable format, but not for non-readable pdfs.

eJudgements’ South African Online Law Reports tags all new judgements (and is in the process of doing the same to historic ones) with metadata which ensures that you will be able to find relevant cases. The metadata tags also assist with ensuring the relevance of normal searches.

Whereas a Google search will give you a list of cases which you then have to trawl through one-by-one, with eJudgements’ South African Online Law Reports you will be able to narrow your search as you go and also use the graphic interface to scroll through the document without having to first open it to see if it is relevant.

eJudgements’ South African Online Law Reports also adds other tags, for example whether a case was overturned on appeal, which will not be found on a Google search.