THE AUSTRALIAN Government Solicitor snapped up the “Most Innovative In-House Technology Project” award at the 2008 Lawtech Summit & Awards held recently at Byron Bay.
The AGS picked up the award for its newly created legal opinions database, which draws together more than 69,000 significant legal opinions dating back to 1901 which can be browsed and searched.
The database, which developed by the AGS’s National Library Service, can be used as a research resource by AGS lawyers and external clients. An editorial board and technical advisory group have been established to manage the integrity of the database’s content and assist with technical enhancements.
The AGS estimates that the database will lead to operational savings of about $250,000, resulting from the rationalisation and automation of workflows.
The Lawtech awards, which are held annually, seek to recognise and reward legal IT excellence in Australia. The “Most Innovative In-House Technology Project” award is specifically aimed at projects which demonstrate “groundbreaking use of new or improved technology to enhance the performance of the legal organisation”.
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