Researching Legal Matters with
Maritime Law Book (MLB) Ltd makes legal research simple for lawyers,
law firms and law libraries. The company receives judicial decisions
from court offices throughout Canada and the Judicial Office of the
House of Lords (United Kingdom). The decisions are read, classified,
and edited by their editors and uploaded onto their web site: http://www.mlb.nb.ca
for their customers to conduct swift research. MLB uses ISYS:web to
provide accurate research and fast retrieval to their customers. Customers
use this research to establish precedents, prepare opinions for clients
and to use in negotiations.
MLB began as a print publisher 30 years ago. The company has since
grown to 65 employees. Their business originally provided lawyers, law
firms, and law libraries with paper volumes of judicial decisions. Although
this information was vital to their customers, storage and search time
spent on these volumes of information began to get out of hand. Eric
Appleby, President of Maritime Law Book, began to evaluate alternatives
in efficiently delivering products to their customers. "We evaluated
several other products but found ISYS superior in price and speed. We
were very impressed with the ISYS search engine, it's ability to conduct
daily updates, and many of its user-friendly features."
With ISYS:web, the information stored in an organization's accumulated
documents and other text-based files (spreadsheets, e-mails, memos,
letters, web pages, etc.) can be quickly found, retrieved, filtered,
sorted and organized in a standard web browser. ISYS:web can find information
regardless of the document's location and format. One of the user-friendly
features MLB employs is the delivery of documents in Rich HTML format.
This feature displays retrieved documents in WYSIWIG HTML, that's as
close to the original document as you can make it using HTML. This is
done without the need for a browser plug-in because all the work is
done on the server end.
Prior to investing in ISYS:web, MLB subscribers would look through
printed volumes to find key numbers and then cross reference in other
print materials for the past cases they were searching. "Since
we've invested in ISYS, our customers have a much better search engine
by using our web site. With over 30,000 key numbers and 150 titles,
searching for precedents would prove to be very difficult by hand. With
ISYS, we can offer them quick and easy searches," says Appleby.
"The value received from ISYS:web has been phenomenal for both
our customers and employees. Searching hundreds of volumes has been
reduced to seconds. Our customers and employees no longer suffer from
search fatigue," says Appleby. ISYS:web searches MLB's 14 databases
containing over 120,000 cases. Editors use one-third of the site and
the site serves as both an Intranet and Internet. "We have an easy
to navigate, user-friendly website due to ISYS," adds Appleby.
Customers receive a value-add in MLB's ability to access the most updated
cases, and their ability to eliminate additional storage space. "ISYS
has given us a major selling tool. We can put our customers concerns
of storage space to rest," says Appleby. While downtown lawyers
must deal with the increasing costs in keeping a large library, ISYS
allows MLB to store the cases for the lawyers and give them quick access
to the cases they're researching immediately. "Our customers have
the convenience of accessing the most current information at all times,
copying and pasting, and low prices. Free access is provided to full
text subscribers, and there are no copy or delivery charges," says
"We've been very happy with ISYS. We've grown into a flexible
company in serving our current and future customers with the help of
ISYS," says Appleby. MLB is anticipating the purchase of another
server and copy of ISYS:web to meet the demands of the law student market.
Appleby says, "We are looking forward to furthering our relationship
with ISYS when we venture into this market. ISYS:web has already aided
our growth for the past few years, we hope to continue our growth with
this new market," says Appleby.