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Online legal Information on a budget: A giant leap for the Isle of Man. Lucy Marsh-Smith. A small Island with large technological ambitions. Always going places!. Famous for its speed…. …but not in every area of island life!. Online legal information- Manx style. The Courts website:

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online legal information manx style
Online legal information- Manx style
  • The Courts website:
  • Judgments on line:
  • Legislation on line:
courts of justice website
Courts of Justice website
  • Dedicated Isle of Man Courts website
  • Launched to coincide with new Rules of Court in 2009
  • Strong desire for openness, transparency and accessibility
  • Free access to the public
  • Includes details of court listings and regular public court sittings
  • Includes principal rules, forms and guidance
  • News items facility
  • Recent Judgments provided
  • Used by the profession, the public and staff!
judgments on line
Judgments on line
  • Free on-line database providing access to Manx judgments.
  • Judgments from 2000, earlier ones in PDF.
  • For those search limited to reference number, titles and party names.
  • Current lack of clarity as to what should be published.
legislation on line
Legislation on line
  • Dedicated legislation website
  • Free access to the public
  • Advanced search facility/point in time
  • Ability to show repealed legislation and legislation not yet in operation
  • Additional features to be available to subscribers to create income stream


  • Enhanced reputation of Island as sophisticated jurisdiction with which to do business
  • Maintained in-house, so saving costs of production by commercial publishers
  • Frequent up-dating possible
  • No more ‘paste-up’ of books!
  • Reduced use of paper etc
  • Opportunity to start on-line Gazette
  • Links and display


  • Limited budget
  • Data conversion
  • Secondary legislation still only as made
  • Handling of in-house IT Department


what did we learn
What did we learn?
  • Use the right people: Do your IT experts understand what lawyers need?
  • Choose what is right for your jurisdiction: most expensive is not always the best
  • Make your specification as detailed as possible – say what you need and why
  • Don’t use bespoke systems unless you have to
  • Have adequate internal resources to plan, supervise and implement your project
  • Future-proof as much as possible