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Documentary analysis options

Each document has its technical information, but depending on the type on document you are viewing, it will also show additional content such as: citations, key words, related content, versions different from the original or documents that have cited the document you are viewing.

1. Versions

The “Versions” section shows you a list of versions that were or will be the standard and allows you to compare them.

Within “Versions” you can quickly filter all different versions by date. In addition to this, it also allows you to:

  • See the current version: which will appear at the top of the list with a green button to indicate that it is the current version.
  • See, in detail, the changes that have been made to the standard with each version and compare them with the previous one.
  • See the history of each version
  • See a sublist with the modified or repealed articles of each version.
Collections with the Versions option

You will find the “Versions” option in all documents from the legislation collection.

Learn more about this feature in the Versions Comparison section.

2. Amendments

The “amendments” tab shows you the modifications that the legislation you are consulting has undergone.

Each section is divided by year and the list directly links to the rule that affected the change.

Similarly, “Amendments” also works with specific articles of law. When viewing an article, click on the “amendments” table and vLex will show you you all of the modifications it has undergone, including the law that modified the article and the year.

Collections with the amendmends option

The “Amendments” option is only found in documents from the legislation collection.

3. Cited in

“Cited in” indicates the documents that have cited the legislation that you are viewing. For your convenience, you can filter these documents to narrow the search.

4. Cited Authorities

“Cited authorities” works with all documents, except for the legislation (amendments). Cited Authorities tells you the number of citations detected in the document.

It tells you if the legislation cited and applied in a document is still in force or has undergone any modification subsequent to its publication (or if it will be modified in the future).

Learn more about Cited Authorities

“Related Vincent” applies Vincent’s analysis to the document you are consulting, without having to download it and upload it back to the assistant. Click on the “Related Vincent” option available in any document of any collection to start the analysis.

A loading bar will be displayed while the analysis is being performed.

Options to filter will appear on the screen allowing you to narrow the results using multiple filtering options.

See more information about this feature in the Vincent for vLex FAQ

6. Processing of PDF documents

Some documents hosted on vLex are in PDF form since the original source published them in that format. However, vLex technology is able to read PFDs and perform documentary analysis and other features:

  • use highlights and notes
  • display the hyperlinks to other vLex documents (Hyperlinks in the document)
  • perform a Vincent analysis by selecting Related Vincent
  • download the document, mark it as a favorite or save it to a folder…

Access the complete document in the “Complete document (PDF)” tab to view it without having to download it to your computer.

Thanks to the Artificial Intelligence engine I.A. Iceberg we have endowed vLex with the ability to “understand” any decision. VLex technology extracts key concepts from a decision, presents them in a way similar to how a human would do, and suggests other cases similar to the one you are looking at.

This means that each decision will show you a series of keywords at the top of the document. Additionally, a column to the right will show you Smartopics related to that decision and other similar decisions.

Feature Availability on the Iceberg platform

This feature, along with other advanced features are also available on the Iceberg platform, vLex’s commitment to convert AI services into a platform. Learn more about this feature in the “Key topics and related” section


8. Key paragraphs (Case Law)

When viewing a document from the jurisprudence collection, you will notice that after the summary,  but before the decision’s test that there are one or more highlighted paragraphs

On the right side of the page, you will see how often this fragment is cited by other decisions.The darker the color of this indicator, the more it has been cited.

You can also see this indicator throughout the text.


You can deactivate this indicator by clicking on the “highlight paragraph” option. This option is found in the box containing the most frequently highlighted paragraphs.
In addition, by clicking on any highlighted paragraph, you can directly view all the decisions that cite it.

9. Precedent map

The Precedent Map is a visualisation of a case and its relationships to other cases. An alternative to lists of cases, the Precedent Map makes it easier to establish which ones may be of most relevance to your research and prioritise further reading. You also get a useful overview of how the case was received.

In addition, you can filter:

  • By treatment type: positive, negative and neutral.

  • By categories.

Available collections and countries

Precedent map feature is only available in case law collection and in these countries: UK, Irland, Caribbean (english spoken), Australia and New Zealand

This post is also available in: Español

Updated on December 12, 2019

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