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India's first legal electronic directory has been launched on the Internet.
The directory, called Locator, was created by the Law Information Centre, a company formed by Indian lawyers, including the former solicitor general Dipankar Gupta.
The Locator, a who's who of India's legal profession, can be found at the Law Information Centre's Web site, which is still being developed. The site should also soon include press cuttings on legal issues, articles, a database of Indian legislation and legal information for the general public.
Assistant secretary Nikilesh Ramachandran said many lawyers in India had access to the Internet.
"We did a couple of seminars before we set up the page asking lawyers whether they would be interested and the reaction was positive," he added. "It is a big leap for us and it will take us a few months to get the products up and running."
The company has yet to decide a pricing structure for its information service. The site can be found at http://www.indiaconnect.com/lawinc.htm.