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Document analysis options

Every document has technical information, but depending on the type of document you are viewing, you will also be shown additional content such as: citations, key words, related content, different versions or documents that  cite the document you are viewing.

1. Versions

The “Versions” section shows you a list of previous or future versions and allows you to compare them.

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

  • See the current version: which will always 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 with each version and compare them.
  • See the amendment trail of each version
  • See a sub-list with the modified or repealed sections of each version.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 amendments that the legislation you are consulting has undergone.

Each section is divided by year, and there are links to the legislation that affected the change.

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

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 your search.

4. Cited Authorities

“Cited authorities” works with all documents, except for legislation (amendments). Cited Authorities shows you the number of citations found within a document.

The feature also tells you if the legislation cited and applied in a document is still in force, or whether it has undergone any amendments 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 looking at, without having to download it and re-upload it back to the service. Click on the “Related Vincent” option available in any document to start analyzing.

A progress bar will be displayed while the document is being analyzed.

Filtering options will appear on the screen allowing you to narrow down the results using multiple 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 as that is how they were originally produced. However, vLex technology is able to read PDFs and perform document analysis and other features on them:

  • use highlights and notes
  • display the hyperlinks to other vLex documents (Hyperlinks in the document)
  • perform a Vincent search 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 Iceberg AI we have given vLex 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; and suggests other cases similar to the one you are looking at.

As a result,  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 the case, and other similar cases.

Feature Availability on the Iceberg platform

This feature, along with many other advanced features, are also available on the Iceberg platform. Learn more about this feature in the “Key topics and related” section

8. Key paragraphs (Case Law)

When viewing a document from the case law collection, you will notice that after the summary,  but before the judgment, there are one or two highlighted paragraphs.

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

You can also see this highlighting throughout the text.

You can turn the highlighting off by clicking on the “highlight paragraph” option. This option is found in the box containing the most frequently highlighted paragraphs.
By clicking on any highlighted paragraph, you can instantly see all of 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 decisions may be of relevance to your research and help you to 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

The precedent map feature is only available for case law and in these countries: the UK, Ireland, Caribbean (countries which are English speaking), Australia and New Zealand

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Updated on February 4, 2020

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