Judicial Technology and Automation Committee
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste. 500
Indianapolis, IN  46204

Mary DePrez
Director and Counsel for Trial Court Technology

Pho: 317.234.2604
mary.deprez@courts.in.gov

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Overview

LexisNexis is available, at the expense of the Judicial Technology and Automation Committee (JTAC), to all trial court judicial officers of courts of record and circuit court clerks in the state of Indiana. Moreover, JTAC has secured favorable pricing for other Indiana state and local government agencies. LexisNexis is a major provider of information services to the legal marketplace. The company's online offerings under the JTAC contract provides state employees and other qualified users access to a wealth of useful information, including:

  • Instant access to cases, statutes, Shepard's, newspapers, law review articles
  • Nexis news service
  • The "Indiana Secondary" package, which includes:
    • Indiana Civil Pattern Jury Instructions
    • Indiana Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions
    • Matthew Bender's Appellate Handbook for Indiana Lawyers
    • Matthew Bender's Indiana Evidence Courtroom Manual
    • Matthew Bender's Indiana Litigation Checklists
    • Matthew Bender's Indiana Pleading and Practice with Forms
    • Matthew Bender's Indiana Search and Seizure
    • Matthew Bender's Indiana Trial Evidence Manual
    • Matthew Bender's Midwest Transaction guides for business, estates, family, and real estate

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What is LexisNexis?

LexisNexis is one of the largest on-line libraries of State and Federal primary law including case law, statutes and administrative/regulatory material. Additionally, the Nexis portion of the program offers access to an unparalleled collection of domestic and international news sources. Finally, as the exclusive home of the Shepard's citations service and with the Michie and Matthew Bender line of treatises, LexisNexis is also a global leader in secondary law coverage. For a complete summary of the services offered, feel free to browse their website at http://www.lexisnexis.com/.

Frequently Asked Questions About JTAC's LexisNexis Offer

Who is eligible to have LexisNexis access at JTAC's expense? All trial court judicial officers of courts of record and small claims courts. However, prior to receiving a password for access, judges are strongly encouraged to participate in a training session conducted by LexisNexis.

What do I do if I am a judge or clerk and I want my staff to have access? You will have to sign an agreement with LexisNexis and pay for their access in the same manner as any government employee taking advantage of the rate secured by JTAC.

Who is eligible to have LexisNexis at the rate negotiated by JTAC? All Indiana state and local government employees are eligible to purchase LexisNexis at the rate negotiated by JTAC on a per month per person rate.

What is included in the LexisNexis package? The Indiana Supreme Court chose the most comprehensive flat rate plan available from LexisNexis. View a list that represents the highlights of the materials included in the LEXIS All Services Flat-Rate Library. For more information, please contact Lexis.

Can I access databases that are not included in the JTAC plan? If your subscription is being paid by JTAC the answer is no. If your subscription is not being paid by JTAC, the option is up to you; and of course, you will have to pay extra to access those services.

What do I do if I am already using Westlaw or a similar service? If you have a contract with Westlaw or some other service, JTAC cannot provide you any relief under your existing agreement. In other words, you will have to review your contract and determine your rights and obligations under your contract. Having access to more than one service may be a viable option for you.

What do I do if I am already using LexisNexis? If you already have a contract with LexisNexis, JTAC cannot provide you any relief under your existing agreement. In other words, you will have to review your contract and determine your rights and obligations under your contract. Given the recent nature of our agreement with LexisNexis, you may wish to contact LexisNexis to possibly negotiate a reduced price more in line with the terms of JTAC's contract, but you should be aware that LexisNexis is under no obligation to do so.

What if I want to use another provider of services? There is nothing that precludes you from continuing your relationship or establishing a new relationship with another provider of online services. JTAC, however, will only pay for LexisNexis.

What if I want to negotiate my own rate with LexisNexis? From JTAC's perspective, there is nothing that precludes you from attempting to secure a better rate with LexisNexis. From a practical standpoint, it seems unlikely that you will be able to secure a better rate. However for those entities that need regular access to specialized databases not included in the plan secured by JTAC you may want to consider negotiating a favorable rate.

How long does this agreement last? The initial two-year agreement was signed in September 2001 and has been renewed each year since that time. The current arrangement concludes June 30, 2014.

If I am a judicial officer of a court of record or circuit court, how do I obtain my LexisNexis password to be paid by JTAC? Please contact, Mary Kronoshek at 317-234-2710 or mary.kronoshek@courts.in.gov.

If I am a government employee, how can I get this rate?

  1. Contact Barbara Collins
  2. Determine if you want to turn off the extra databases.
  3. Sign the agreement.

Can I have access to a demonstration password so that I can test the system? You will need to contact Barbara Collins to determine if this can be done.

How can I learn more about LexisNexis? You can learn more about this company online at: http://www.lexisnexis.com/.

Are senior judges eligible? Senior judges are eligible on a case-by-case basis, and should apply for consideration with JTAC. To do so, please contact Mary DePrez at: mary.deprez@courts.in.gov.

How do I access LexisNexis? LexisNexis is accessible via the Internet, using a web browser. One of JTAC's earlier projects was to provide new computers to all trial court judges and county clerks who do not have computers or have outdated ones. This project also provided, again for free, one year of Internet access and email accounts for all judges and county clerks. For those who have taken advantage of these programs, it is a simple matter to reach LexisNexis' webpage.

How can I get training? Please contact Mary Kronoshek at 317-234-2710 or mary.kronoshek@courts.in.gov.

Contact LexisNexis

Barbara Collins
Account Manager
LexisNexis
Phone: 800.253.8191 ext. 3913
Fax: 866.960.4448
E-mail: barbara.collins@lexisnexis.com
http://www.lexisnexis.com/