Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Top French National Award Given to Legal Documentation Specialist

It's nice to see people from the field receive official recognition.

This is a news item from ServiceDoc Info, a law blog and information site from France.

On Monday, November 14, Mme. Marie-Aleth Trapet, an auditor with the "Cour de cassation", France's highest judicial court , was awarded the Ordre national du mérite by President Jacques Chirac.

Mme. Trapet was instrumental in developing the "Tables analytiques des arrêts de la Cour de cassation" which make available case digests according to an arborescent indexing structure that can be compared in spirit to that used by the Canadian Abridgment.

The Ordre national du mérite is the second highest award of the French Republic, after the Légion d'Honneur. It was created by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963.

This is not the first time that an individual from the field of legal documentation has been elevated to the Ordre national du mérite. As ServiceDoc Info points out, in May 2005, Jérôme Rabenou, one of the pioneers in France and Europe in the use of the Internet for the dissemination of legal information, was similarly honoured. Rabenou is an Internet/Intranet manager at the "Conseil constitutionnel". The Conseil reviews the constitutionality of French statutes.

I wonder whether a law librarian, or any librarian or documentation expert, would ever be considered important enough to be elevated to the Order of Canada for contributions to the field of legal information.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 7:24 pm


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