Oregon Department of Justice Improves Legal Research

System to save department $200,000 per year.

by / May 6, 2004
SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Justice, the state's largest law firm, signed an agreement for LexisNexis to provide online access to its Total Research System of four billion searchable documents, two billion public records, and 35,000 legal, business and news sources. The agreement will save the department more than $200,000 per year when compared to the terms of the previous contract.

The Oregon Department of Justice includes the Office of the Attorney General, the Appellate Division, the Civil Enforcement Division, the Criminal Justice Division, the Division of Child Support, General Counsel and the Trial Division.

"This change provides the department with a premium set of research tools and wonderful support and, at the same time, saves money for the state, " said Oregon attorney general Hardy Myers.

As part of the agreement, nearly 500 attorneys and staff of the Oregon Department of Justice will have access the company's full library of cases, statutes, rules, regulations and other primary legal materials from all U.S. state and federal jurisdictions, as well as Matthew Bender titles and the Shepard's citations service, using a customized interface.

In addition, the department can access the company's collection of public records and docket information. To aid in the state's efforts to combat identity theft and fraud, the contract also includes the company's SmartLinx, an investigative tool that allows users to sift through many public records materials with a single search.

The agreement includes training and technical support for DOJ attorneys and staff at no additional cost. The new interface also facilitates filling requests for Oregon legal research at no charge to the public.
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