Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of Case Logistix 6.0, the latest version of its scalable document review, analysis and production software platform. The announcement is here and the main CaseLogistix product page is here.
The new version brings enhancements which include a fully customisable user interface, advanced search facilities designed to allow non-technical lawyers to build complex searches easily, built-in OCR, advanced analytics such as concept clustering, email threading and near-duplicate document analysis, and navigation improvements which allow users to move easily between tasks.
I knew Case Logistix back in the days when it was still in the hands of its founders – indeed, it was one of the first major eDiscovery applications which I looked at properly. Even back then it focussed closely on automating tasks and on easing the user experience.
What impressed me the last time I saw it (and I have not seen the new version yet) was the way in which Thomson Reuters Westlaw Litigation Solutions have wrapped everything which a litigating lawyer can need into an integrated package in which the discrete components – West Case Notebook, West Drafting Assistant, West km and Westlaw CaseLogistix – can be invoked at any point, allowing the lawyer to mimic on his or her desktop the daily routine of managing litigation as a human matter.
Look, for example, at the product descriptions for Case Notebook and Drafting Assistant which pull together documents, briefs, transcripts, pleadings, key facts, legal research and other things, all of which are needed hand in hand with the documents in a case. Discovery may be a stand-alone process in some respects, but in others it provides just a part of the components which lawyers need to assemble a case. Add Thomson Reuters’ position as a provider of legal research and knowledge management, and a legal department can bring external resources and the firm’s own precedents and examples to bear in parallel with the raw material of discovery.
As you would expect from a company with a strong publishing background, Thomson Reuters does good videos. They have libraries of videos in relation to each product e.g. Drafting Assistant, Case Logistix, and Case Notebook.
As if that were not enough, the Elite side of the Thomson Reuters law firm business provides its Engage legal project management and budgeting tool which adds the other main component of a case managing lawyer’s task – estimating time-lines and costs, both for client purposes and for decision-making about proportionality. I spoke recently at an Elite conference in Miami Beach, taking the opportunity to draw connections between compliance with rules, obligations to clients, the use of technology and, not least, the ability to run a case at a profit whilst yet being proportionate in the steps taken vis-a-vis opponents.
Thomson Reuters has all this in its hands and more, and it is good to see its eDiscovery flagship product released in a new and enhanced version. I will have a closer look at it all at ILTA in Las Vegas next week.