We're delighted to announce that our Timeline feature is now rolling out to an additional source: the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
Customers told us this will save them time when searching for decisions or AG Opinions - as every step in a case will be visible at all times. Our test users have said this has proven invaluable.
We cover 77,000+ documents of the CJEU, General Court and the Civil Service Tribunal, going back to 1954. In general - and particularly since 2007 - CJEU cases have a few steps in a process before the judgment is issued. These can include for the CJEU:
1. Communication of a new case. This is when a new case enters the CJEU system - such as in the case of a reference, containing the questions posed by a Member State body to the court.
2. The AG opinion. The opinion of the Advocate General in advance of the judgment.
3. The judgment, and the communication of the judgment. These often appear simultaneously - the communication is usually a condensed or summarised version of the overall judgment.
We have applied Timelines to all available documents, for example in the case of C-131/12 Google Spain SL and Google Inc. v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos and Mario Costeja González, you will see this Timeline showing the sequence of events for that case, with the Timeline visible when viewing any stage:
Or in the case of 26/62 van Gend & Loos from 1963, the AG Opinion and Judgment are clearly indicated:
We have manually updated connections between some Irish cases and related documents in the CJEU system, and will continue to do so for higher profile cases. For example in these cases you can see the CJEU sequence of events, but also the Irish events that pre or post-dated those:
C-293/12 Digital Rights Ireland Ltd v Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and Others and Kärntner Landesregierung and Others
C-140/20 G.D. v The Commissioner of the Garda Síochána and Others
We know this data is not perfect quite yet, as there are several reasons why judgments can appear in a Timeline that should not be there. If you see an error with a Timeline you can report the issue directly from the Timeline by clicking the "report issue" button.
Or if you would like connections to be made between CJEU cases and their underlying Irish decisions - please do use this feature to let us know.
The Vizlegal Team