Law students create database of Irish court decisions

Law students create database of Irish court decisions

Law students at University College Cork have created a database of links to the most recent decisions of the Irish superior courts.

The Irish Legal Information Initiative (IRLII) database includes keywords to help busy practitioners identify the cases most useful to them.

IRLII was originally founded by Professor John Mee in 2001 as part of UCC School of Law’s commitment to the Free Access to the Law Movement (FALM) and in association with the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII).

Under the current directorship of Dr Patrick O’Callaghan, Professor Maria Cahill and Mr Luke Noonan, along with a dedicated team of almost 50 student researchers, the IRLII offering has been revamped and now boasts a new website and Twitter account.

The Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, relaunched IRLII last October. The additional functionality of keywords will further promote the aims of the Free Access to Law movement in Ireland, ensuring that legal materials are available on a not-for-profit basis and free of charge, thereby removing any barriers of status, income or location and promoting justice, equality, inclusions and the rule of law.

In October 2020, the IRLII team was awarded UCC’s Enhancing the Student Experience Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to legal education at UCC.

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