A PIONEERING legal system set up in West Yorkshire is now available to lawyers across the UK.
The Police National Legal Database (PNLD) features the latest legal information and case law to make sure that police are kept right up to date.
The system - available on the internet - has now also been made accessible to criminal lawyers across the country for a subscription fee.
The PNLD - run by a consortium of police authorities - includes the latest ways offences are officially worded and their associated prosecution codes.
These are used when someone is charged and are also used by the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts.
Now, for the first time, criminal lawyers who defend people accused of offences will also be able to access the information.
PNLD business director Heather Croft said: "The service is now available 24 hours a day online or on a CD to every lawyer in Britain, giving them the same service enjoyed by the CPS and all 43 police forces in England and Wales.