2019: The Year of Legal Analytics

2019: The Year of Legal Analytics

UniCourt is excited to announce that portions of our legal analytics reports for the State of California are now publicly available on our website. We formally released these reports on January 1st, and are happy to start off the New Year by improving public access to legal data.

Here, we will share what type of information is available in these legal analytics reports, forecast programs that we will be releasing soon, and explain why we think 2019 will be the Year of Legal Analytics.

What’s Available in Our Legal Analytics Reports

Visitors on our website can now access 15,850 different reports from California cases reaching back almost two decades: Reports are available for cases from 2000 – 2018, with 17 major case categories and dozens of subcategories.

These analytics reports provide valuable, highly searchable information for users on general filing trends, including:

  • The number of cases filed each year,
  • Case type and sub case type, and
  • State and jurisdiction.

Most all of the reports also include filing trends for top plaintiff and defense attorneys. This information is also indexed by the number of cases and the top judges by the number of case filings.

The reports can be accessed one of two ways: by directly heading to the page titled “Legal Analytics Reports for Case Types & Jurisdictions in California” or via the “Legal Analytics” tab in the navigation bar at the top of the Features page.

While we believe these reports provide insightful and valuable information, they offer only a glimpse of what is fully available. Users who have subscribed to our Premium and Enterprise level plans can access full legal analytics trends reports across jurisdictions, see filing trends over a range of years, and compare trends across different case types.

Stay Tuned: Our Upcoming Releases

Beyond California state cases, we will also be releasing federal legal analytics reports, providing analytics for many of the case types and sub case types exclusively within federal jurisdiction.

In addition to federal legal analytics, we will also be releasing a full suite of Litigation Analytics to subscribed users of Premium and Enterprise plans inside of the UniCourt application in Q1 of this year.

2019: The Year of Legal Analytics

The three core components of UniCourt’s mission are organizing court records, ensuring they’re accessible, and making them useful.

Throughout the years, we have made great strides in organizing and making court records accessible. In the coming months, we will continually work toward making court records more and more useful by providing actionable legal analytics.

One important way to accomplish this goal is by leveraging normalization technology to ensure accurate reporting on entities and thus, better analytics. After consulting with our existing and prospective clients, we’ve learned there is a great demand for this type of reporting and we will be making a concerted effort to enable our clients to use our normalization technologies.

Why Analytics Matter

Analytics are important not just for the sake of gathering accurate, easily-digestible information about parties and cases. Rather, actionable analytics can facilitate strategic, intentional information-gathering to enhance business development and intelligence.

Business Development

As we wrote in a recent guest column in the Lawyerist, “Legal analytics doesn’t have to be daunting or complex to provide powerful insights and boost business development.” In fact, analytics can help attorneys with tasks like advertising, giving this traditional practice an effective data-driven approach: With access to court data and legal analytics, attorneys can make the most of their advertising dollars by funneling their resources into the right target audience.

Litigation support specialists can use court data as well, and especially when it comes to acquiring new clients or business opportunities. For example, a court reporter seeking to gain more corporate clients can leverage information about which parties are involved in litigation and which law firms they are engaging for representation.

Business Intelligence

Leveraging legal data and analytics can provide companies with valuable insight when it comes to finding and choosing a law firm to handle large-scale litigation. Additionally, insurance companies and legal protection programs that insure against litigation can use legal analytics reports to determine the actual cost to insure in a particular jurisdiction, as well as specific types of cases being litigated within a jurisdiction.

Powering Background Checks

Finally, parties can use legal analytics to power background checks for a variety of purposes, including assessments in the following areas, among others:

  • Attorney recruiting
  • Employee screening
  • Landlord Tenant screening
  • Company due diligence
  • Litigation risk
  • Insurance risk
  • Lending risk
  • Personal relationship risk

Stay tuned for new developments and for the releases of our federal legal analytics reports and analytics within our application. In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about the available legal analytics reports and obtaining custom reports, please drop us a line.

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