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Better Than Ever: A New Criminal Case Compendium

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As many blog readers know, I’ve been offering my free Criminal Case Compendium since 2008. The Compendium is a collection of U.S. Supreme Court, Fourth Circuit & published N.C. criminal law, procedure and evidence case summaries, arranged by subject. Until now, folks have accessed the Compendium online as a massive 900-page PDF, containing over 3,000 case summaries. That worked okay, but we knew we could do better. And we have. My Criminal Case Compendium has just been re-released in a new format: A dynamic web-based version, designed to help you find the law you need even faster. The robust search feature puts real power behind your keyword search, sorting cases by relevancy. And if you like navigating through a table of contents, that’s still there, only amped up a few notches on the “usability scale.”

Best of all? It’s still free.

The new Compendium is online here: www.sog.unc.edu/sccc

That landing page includes brief instructions and a link to a quick tutorial. It’s so easy to use, I’m betting that that you can hop on and get what you want with no instruction whatsoever. But if you need help, take a few minutes to do the tutorial.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

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4 comments on “Better Than Ever: A New Criminal Case Compendium

  1. It formats illegibly if you have a monitor in portrait mode (at least in my Chrome it does).

    • HI Helen,

      There have been a few tweaks rolled out for smaller screens that should improve your user experience. The compendium should be much more usable in portrait mode now as well as on other tablets and phones. I’ll be continuing to tweak individual areas which need work so hopefully any other issues will be resolved shortly!

      • It seems to be working right now, thanks!

  2. This is a much appreciated upgrade in UX! Thanks so much.

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