12th BILETA Conference
This is a Conference Report published on 30 June 1997.
Citation: Dunne M, '12th BILETA Conference - Parallel Session', Conference Report, 1997 (2) The Journal of Information, Law and Technology (JILT). <http://elj.warwick.ac.uk/jilt/confs/97_2bil/sess7b.htm>. New citation as at 1/1/04: <http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/elj/jilt/1997_2/jones/session7/>
This was a technical paper (presented by Eve Wilson) outlining work done in creating a database indexing engine for use on the CELEX database (European Union legislation). The complexities and problems of adapting the DAPtext engine (created by Cambridge Parallel Processing) for use on a large full-text database such as CELEX, with its many fields and cross-references, were explained in detail.
The author's thesis is that the advent of electronic sources of legal information has not produced the desired change in legal writing and legal education. Law has become too complex for the average student or lawyer to 'master' all the elements. The use of Computer Assisted Legal Research (CALR) is seen as a potential answer in bridging the gap between electronic sources and legal education.