About | Open Law

Open Law

We offer legal research services and publishing solutions

What is Open Law?

Open Law is an initiative of BarNet, an Australian not-for-profit entity created for the profession, by the profession.

Open Law is designed to provide the legal community with learning material and support resources to help lawyers get the most out of BarNet's free and professional content, legal research tools and professional services, including:

As well as digital solutions for organisations to publish secondary legal material and information such as:

Our Mission

To provide open access to legal information to enhance justice outcomes for all past, present and future generations.

Our Vision

To be the leading legal informatics company that organises and provides the best legal information accessible to all.

Our story

BarNet started in 1997, led by Michael Green SC and a small group of Barristers to provide barristers chambers with emerging technology solutions.

In 2006, dissatisfied with the availability of high-quality and cost-effective legal research tools, BarNet launched JADE.

JADE is an open access legal research platform with free tools that make it easier to navigate the law.

JADE Professional is our suite of professional legal research tools which make it easier to find, use, share, and present accurate legal information.

JADE Professional subscribers allow us to support the community with free and open access to legal information, and to continuously improve JADE Professional.

Barnet’s subsidiary, Little William Bourke, has been the publisher of the print and digital editions of the Victorian Reports since 2016.