Famed British legal publisher (and now imprint at Lexis) Butterworths celebrates 200 years in 2018.
Writes McKay: “Very much dependent in early days on the expansion of the British Empire and its legal system, Butterworths, no doubt replete with the English and Christian values of the day, followed it from the British Isles to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India employing a mix of structures, acquisitions and partnerships of various degrees of success and some failure.”
It was one year for me as publication editor of CJS on October 1. It has been a privilege to work on this publication that was at one time, in its Corpus Juris incarnation, cross-published by Butterworth’s (publisher of Halsbury’s Laws of England; and published by the American Law Book Company in the United States).
John Shafer alluded (some time ago) on USF’s Law Library blog to Justice Kennedy stating, during an oral argument, that he would “look in Corpus Juris Secundum or ALR or something” to investigate a licensing issue.
Jason Wilson has written that the major publishers, having created and written some of the great common law and practice treatises, essentially abandoned (or were divested of?) their role as advisers to the bench and bar.
Are these publications still being written with the judiciary in mind or is Wilson correct?
We hear frequently that print publications are fading which makes what Simon Chester wrote about recently an even more astounding development. Considering that it is 2013 and digital content, mobile applications, cloud-based computing, and “solutions” are all the legal publishing rage, so to speak, Halsbury’s Laws of Canada has just recently completed the arduous and daring task of producing the final print volume in its “new” (Halsbury’s/Lexis began creating the set in 2006) 70+ volume encyclopedia set covering Canadian federal and provincial law.
Kudos. The traditional legal encyclopedia treatise (whether in print or digital format) lives on for another day.