Search International and National Patent Collections
Some content of this application is unavailable at the moment.
If this situation persists, please contact us atFeedback&Contact
1. (AU2006268147) User interface searching and displaying legal case histories
Note: Text based on automatic Optical Character Recognition processes. Please use the PDF version for legal matters
Claims:
1. A server for a legal research system, comprising:
means for receiving requests for procedural case histories sent by one or more client access devices; and
means, responsive to at least one of the received requests, for at least partially defining a user interface on one of the client access devices that corresponds to the one of the received requests, the user interface including:
two or more regions, with each of the regions corresponding to a respective tier of a court system; and two or more hyperlink case listings, with each of the hyperlink case listings selectable to initiate retrieval of a corresponding legal case document, with one of the hyperlink case listings positioned within a first one of the regions and a second one of the hyperlink case listings positioned within a second one of the regions.
2.           The server of claim 1, wherein the user interface further comprises one or more path indicators, with one of the path indicators indicating a path between the first one of the hyperlink case listings with the second one of the hyperlink case listings.
3.           The server of claim 1, wherein the user interface further comprises one or more case validity indicators, with each indicator positioned adjacent a corresponding one of the hyperlink case listings and indicating a precedential value or status of a corresponding legal case.
4.           The server of claim 1, wherein the means for at least partially defining a user interface, includes:
a set of rules for organizing the hyperlink case listings according to a grid having rows and columns; and
means for squishing one or more of the columns to diminish visible perception of the grid.
5.           The server of claim 1, wherein each of the two or more regions is substantially rectangular and rendered with a horizontal orientation.
6.           The server of claim 1, wherein the graphical user interface is rendered using Microsoft Windows Graphical Device Interface.
7.           The server of claim 1, wherein each hyperlink case listing is associated with a roll-over interface feature that results in output of an enlarge image of a rectangular region surrounding the hyperlink case listing.
8.           A method comprising:
receiving a request for a procedural case history sent by a client access device; and
in response to the received request, at least partially defining a user interface on the client access device, with the user interface including:
two or more regions, with each of the regions corresponding to a respective tier of a court system; and two or more hyperlink case listings, with each of the hyperlink case listings selectable to initiate retrieval of a corresponding legal case document, with one of the hyperlink case listings positioned within a first one of the regions and a second one of the hyperlink case listings positioned within a second one of the regions.
9.           The method of claim 8, wherein defining the user interface includes defining the user interface to include one or more path indicators, with one of the path indicators indicating a path between the first one of the hyperlink case listings with the second one of the hyperlink case listings.
10.        The method of claim 8, wherein defining the user interface includes defining the user interface to include one or more case validity indicators, with each indicator positioned adjacent a corresponding one of the hyperlink case listings and indicating a precedential value or status of a corresponding legal case.
11.         A graphical user interface for a legal research system, the interface compnsing:
two or more regions, with each of the regions corresponding to a respective tier of a court system; and
two or more hyperlink case listings, with each of the hyperlink case listings selectable to initiate retrieval of a corresponding legal case document, with a first one of the hyperlink case listings positioned within a first one of the regions and a second one of the hyperlink case listings positioned within a second one of the regions.
12.         The interface of claim 11, further comprising one or more path indicators, with one of the path indicators indicating a path between the first one of the hyperlink case listings with the second one of the hyperlink case listings.
13. The interface of claim 11, wherein the user interface further comprises one or more case validity indicators, with each indicator positioned adjacent a corresponding one of the hyperlink case listings and indicating a precedential value or status of a corresponding legal case.
14. The interface of claim 11, wherein each of the two or more regions is substantially rectangular and rendered with a horizontal orientation.
15.        The interface of claim 11, wherein the interface is rendered using vector graphics.
16.         The interface of claim 11, wherein each hyperlink case listing is associated with a roll-over feature that when rolled over with a cursor of a pointing device results in output of an enlarge image of a rectangular region surrounding the hyperlink case listing.
17.         A graphical user interface for a legal research system, the interface comprising:
two or more hyperlink case listings, with each of the hyperlink case listings selectable to initiate retrieval of a corresponding legal case document; and
one or more path indicators, with one of the path indicators indicating a path between the first one of the hyperlink case listings and the second one of the hyperlink case listings.
18. The interface of claim 17, further comprising:
two or more regions, with each of the regions corresponding to a respective tier of a court system, with the first one of the hyperlink case listings positioned within a first one of the regions and a second one of the hyperlink case listings positioned within a second one of the regions.
19. The interface of claim 18, wherein each of the two or more regions is substantially rectangular and rendered with a horizontal orientation.