Most of the times, you end up paying lots of money to lawyers to extract info and be at their mercy for the interpretation.
Sushant, computer science student at Univ. of Michigan has launched IndianKanoon, a search engine to find info about Indian laws and court judgements.
“While it is commendable to make law documents available to common people, it is still quite difficult for common people to easily find the required information. The first problem is that acts are very large and in most scenarios just a few section of laws are applicable. Finding most applicable sections from hundreds of pages of law documents is too daunting for common people.
Secondly, laws are often vague and one needs to see how they have been interpreted by the judicial courts. Currently, the laws and judgments are separately maintained and to find judgments that interpret certain law clauses is difficult. ”
Indiankanoon breaks law documents into smallest possible clause and by integrating law/statutes with court judgments. A tight integration of court judgments with laws and with themselves allows automatic determination of the most relevant clauses and court judgments.”