Caseboard is a new online resource which brings together material relating to each Kings Bench and Chancery Division action so that users have a single point of access for all public information on cases.
This information can be accessed free in a user-friendly fashion. Users can carry out free unlimited database searches, follow up to 15 cases and have customisable daily email alerts.
For example, the website allows users to see all issued cases in the Media and Communications List back to June 2020. It shows that of those 1,492 cases, 626 were defamation, 434 data protection, 58 misuse of private information, with 67 applications for Norwich Pharmacal orders and 58 miscellaneous applications. These cases can be searched by the name of solicitors and parties.
Each case has a link showing the “Parties and Representatives” and a “Timeline”. For example, in relation to case of Versi v Husain (in which a TPI judgment was handed down on 3 March 2023), the timeline shows 12 items with a link to the judgment and an indication of which documents are available to request.
For those who want more features and access to documents, Caseboard offers a paid subscription service: for £30 a month users have unlimited following cases, unlimited followed terms and up to 5 court documents a month.
Although case information can also be found on the HM Courts and Tribunals E-Filing Service, Caseboard contains additional information and is much easier to use and can be searched by solicitor name and for some case types.
Caseboard went live early in 2022, and currently covers proceedings in the Chancery Division and the KBD, and planning to expand in the near future to include the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal.
Caseboard is the brainchild of Will Carter, a technology litigation lawyer at a London law firm, and his brother Jamie Carter, a software engineer. They found there was an unmet need for access to information on ongoing court proceedings, with various services being unconnected and sometimes difficult to access. In addition to lawyers, journalists, companies and members of the public subscribe to the service.
We commend the service to all our readers.