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Westlaw Graphical Statutes Ties Past, Present, Future


New Westlaw Enhancement Simplifies Statutory Research

EAGAN, Minn., 03/27/2006, Much like a family tree illustrates the past and a crystal ball may show the future, the new Westlaw® Graphical StatutesTM helps researchers simplify statutory research. Thomson West’s Westlaw now features an easy-to-read display of a statute’s history that will help researchers, including law students, more easily see a statute’s past, present and proposed changes. Thomson West is a business within The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC).

Statutory research can be quite complex, and the history of a statute can be hard to follow; this is especially true for anyone trying to navigate histories that can include amendments and various revisions. Westlaw answers this legal research challenge with Graphical Statutes.

Graphical Statutes revolutionizes statutory research by charting legislative changes and linking related documents in a visual display. From a single screen, users can easily track changes in the law, locate relevant legislative history materials, read important case law and check for possible amendments. Thomson West’s long-standing tradition of superior editor-created content continues with this new Westlaw feature; attorney-editors continually update and maintain the content within Graphical Statutes.

“Customers have told us that a visual tool illustrating in one display all the changes to a statute and the relevant supporting documents will save them time and money. Graphical Statutes will also give customers peace of mind that their research is more complete,” said Jon Medin, director, New Product Development, Thomson West.

The Graphical Statutes display shows:
* prior, current and future versions of statutes
* links to enacting and amending public laws
* relevant legislative history materials, such as bill drafts, reports, journals and the Congressional Record
* cases that negatively affect a statute
* legislation that has been enacted but not yet codified
* future text of a statute not yet in effect

Graphical Statutes is available for the United States Code Annotated® (USCA®) and selected state jurisdictions.

Note to editors: For more information and a demonstration of this advanced Westlaw feature, please contact Julie Moenck at (651) 848-7576 or

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