Welcome to Compass!

Time and technology routinely – and now rapidly – change the way we create, publish and discover nearly every source of information, education and entertainment. Case law is no different.

With the launch of Compass, we are at the leading edge of the latest change.

Printed case law reporters were, for centuries, the dominant form. Digitization of case law and computer-based research began decades ahead of the internet, but only with the advent of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s did the digital form began to assert itself first as a useful option to print, then as an alternative of equal measure, and now as the preferred, indeed, dominant method of publication and discovery.

With internet-based publication of judgments the norm, and with access facilitated though court websites, as well as through free and commercial platforms, the greatest changes now underway are in respect of how we discover, uncover and apply insights from the content. Put another way, now that we’ve upended centuries of publishing behaviours, it’s time to revolutionize decades of research practice.

Our new platform applies the lessons of the past and is built on the latest advances in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning to deliver an unparalleled and constantly-improving research experience.

And we’re going further. Through things like legal analytics, extensive metadata tagging and the creation of points of network and content interconnection, we are committed to working with and supporting players and innovators across public sector, public interest, and legal publishing and technology domains to integrate current and historical case law into the tools and services they create.

When Maritime Law Book began in 1969, the leading print publications could take up to two years following the release of a judgment to record and disseminate that decision in a bound volume. Most decisions were “unreported” and essentially inaccessible. Maritime Law Book expanded the range and volume of reported cases while reducing the publication window first to a couple months, then to weeks. Later, among several other digital innovations, Maritime Law Book was the first Canadian commercial case law publisher to deliver its services via the World Wide Web. The time has come for Maritime Law Book to once again push beyond existing frontiers.

Case law publishing is a foundational element of all current and future methods of legal research and discovery. We’ve called our platform Compass because our advanced tools will rapidly guide you as a researcher to the information you need, but also because we want to place a compass in the hands of the adventurers choosing to explore uncharted terrain.

We are Maritime Law Book.

We are Compass.

We are what’s next.

Please join us.

Colin Lachance
CEO, Maritime Law Book