By Ashley Barker
Published June 26, 2014
More than 15,000 S.C. Bar members will have free access to an online legal research library beginning in the fall.
The bar is upgrading its research service from Casemaker to Fastcase, a mobile app that helps attorneys search for court cases and provides training webinars and tutorials. Fastcase also includes judicial opinions from the S.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals back to 1886, plus U.S. Supreme Court decisions, state statutes, regulations and the state constitution.
The service normally costs $995 per year, but it will be included in S.C. Bar membership beginning Nov. 1, according to a news release.
“Fastcase is on the cutting edge of legal research services and will provide new and advanced research tools for South Carolina lawyers at no cost to them,” S.C. Bar President Cal Watson said in a statement. “Access to these expansive resources will in turn enhance the legal services they provide to South Carolinians.”
Bar associations in 25 states are already using Fastcase, the release said, and more than 700,000 lawyers have a Fastcase subscription through their firm or bar association.
S.C. Bar members will have unlimited access to transactions, printing, reference assistance and customer service.
“Our mission at Fastcase is to democratize the law and to build smarter legal research tools,” Fastcase CEO Ed Walters said in a statement. “By making our suite of legal research tools available for free to members of the South Carolina Bar, we can accomplish both goals.”
Reach staff writer Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker on Twitter.