How Google Scholar Undercuts Jurisdictions Going Digital While It Could as Easily Support Them

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Google Scholar’s case law collection has been an enormous boon to this country’s lawyers and all others puzzling over U.S. law. Not only does it provide free and direct access to a professional quality case database, but it enables legal commentary linked to governing precedent to reside outside a pay wall.  Ironically, this breakthrough electronic research tool remains largely reliant on print source material. That is for many jurisdictions a direct consequence of the courts themselves being stuck in obsolete publication practices.  But Scholar’s reliance on print holds even for states in which there is a more authoritative digital alternative. In the case of several state courts that have recently shifted to official online publication, Scholar persists in loading digitized versions of their decisions drawn from the pages of the Thomson Reuters National Reporter System (NRS). (Citing Legally)