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  May 2016
  April 2016
Access to Indian Legal Information Resources in Electronic Age : An Experience on the Indian Law Institute Library
Ajit Kumar, Library Assistant, Indian Law Institute

The Library of the Indian Law Institute was established in 1956. It is one of the leading law libraries in Asia , which attracts scholars from all over the world for legal research. The Library is famous for its rich and rare collections, which is approx. 75,000. It possesses a combination of old and new collection of legal materials. Every year thousands of law researchers from different parts of the world visit the Library for research purpose. The Law students, Research Scholars and Teachers, Judges, Jurists, Civil Servants, Government Officials, Legislators, Legal Practitioners, various Embassies and High Commissions in Delhi have also been using the referral service of the Library. The Indian Law Institute Library has different documentary information resources, as well as electronic information resources.

Electronic Information Resources

The Library has different kinds of electronic resources for the purpose of legal research, which are used by its readers for their research.

A . Online Public Access Catalogue : The Library is using LibSys Software for maintaining its collection. The collection of the Library i.e. Books, Journals, Government Publications, etc. may be browsed through Online Catalogue. A book may be searched by Author Name, Title, Publisher, Subject wise, and Keywords in title, etc. Besides books, scholarly articles of Journals received in the Library may also be searched by Author wise, Subject wise etc. It is also available at the website of ILI as Web-OPAC ( i.e. www.ilidelhi.org), which can be browsed worldwide.

B. Subscribed Legal Databases : The Library has subscribed different important and useful legal databases for the readers. The readers frequently use these databases for their research purpose in the Library. The Legal Information Resource Centre has been established at the Indian Law Institute for accessing the legal databases. The subscribed database may be categorized as CD-ROM/ DVD based and IP based.

I. CD-ROM/ DVD Based subscribed database

  • Supreme Court Cases (SCC) Online : The Library is providing Supreme Court Cases Online with the help of SCC Online commercial software. A case may be searched by General Search, Topical Search (subject based), Case Index (Nominal Search) and Find by Citation. This is basically CD-ROM based database, which are updating every year but the latest judgments may be downloaded through internet with the help of SCC Online Search Engine. The database of the SCC covers the full head notes of the judgments.
  • All India Reporter (Supreme Court/High Court/Criminal Law Journal) Online: With the help of All India Reporter (AIR) Online database, the Library is providing judgments of Supreme Court, all High Courts and cases covered under Criminal Law Journals. The judgments may be browsed by Citation, Subject, Party Name etc.
  • The Law Premium (Database): Online database namely, Law Premium which provides Supreme Court judgments, High Court judgments, Central Acts with Rules and Regulations, Orders and Schemes is also accessible online or, is available for reader online.

II. IP Based subscribed database

  • Indlaw : It includes 40000 judgments (from the Supreme Court of India, all High Courts, English Courts and other relevant Tribunals as ITAT, SEGAT, etc.), over 8000 legislations (Central and State) and Rules, over 80000 Notifications, Trade Notices, Circulars, Practice Directions, and many other database. The judgments can be searched by Petitioner Name, Respondent Name, Date of Judgment, Judge Name, Lawyer Name, Case Number, Acts/ Rules etc. and also be searched citationwise.
  • Manupatra : The database covers full text judgments of Supreme Court and all High Courts on all areas of law from year of inception or, 1950. It also covers some of important Tribunal judgments, Ordinances, Circulars, Notifications, Rules, Procedures, Case Studies, Agreements, Forms, Draft Agreements and Deeds. It covers comprehensive section on business policy covering topics such as Taxation, Capital Markets, Corporate Law, Arbitration, IPR, Environment, WTO, Anti-Dumping, etc. The judgments can be searched by Manu Search, Legal Search, Citation Search and also be retrieved court wise on yearly basis under alphabetical list of judgments.

The surveys related to the access of the Subscribed Indian Legal Databases among the readers of the Library were carried out. The readers of the library may be categorized as under:

Group             Readers of the Library

  A. Law Students and Teachers
   B. Research Scholars
   C. Judges and Legislators
   D. Civil Servants and Govt. Officials
   E. Legal Practitioners

Diagrammatic Representation of the Readers of the Indian Law Institute, Library

The Library of the Institute subscribes five Indian Legal Database such as:

  • AIR
  • Law Supreme
  • Indlaw
  • Manupatra
  • SCC Online


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  2. Patel, Awadhesh K and Srivastava, Vishnu. (2006). Access to Indian Legal Information through Internet: an experience of Judges Library, Allahabad High Court. ILI Bulletin , Vol. 42(3), pp-27-32.
  3. Pillai, K.N. Chandrasekharan, (Compiler) (2007). Accessing Legal Information Resources & Services . New Delhi: ILI.
  4. Satish Chandra. (1998). Access to Legal Information in India. Bulletin of Information Technology , Vol. 18(4) July, pp-21-28. New Delhi: DESIDOC.
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