Our legal system is very large and very complex. In fact, it’s so large that it often takes months or years in order to get things done. For this reason, the promise of technology to increase efficiency and speed in the courts has been lauded by those on the outside looking in. However, what about the professionals working in the legal world? Do they look on technology as favorably as everyone else?
The legal world can move pretty slow sometimes, which makes the addition of technology to legal services so enticing for legal professionals. The ability to almost instantly send a document and get a signature back, or to file a claim, order or deposition in a flash gives many hope that the legal system will speed up and become more efficient. However, many attorneys will probably tell you that we need to pump the brakes a little.
With increased speed and greater ease comes a greater potential for inaccuracy, leaving some experts to wonder if technological solutions will be exacting enough for legal proceedings. This has caused some attorneys to question how much weight an article of electronic evidence should be given over physical evidence. Policy regulations for discovery have mitigated many of these worries by providing procedures to ensure the quality and authenticity of evidence entered. As an added bonus, electronic evidence has also proven very accurate when it comes to chain of custody, making custody experts less of a necessity.
Vetting documents also becomes a concern when artificial intelligence is used to draft contracts and other documents. This technology is still a long way off, but its potential is felt by professionals. There is also a worry that technology will break down legal culture, making it harder for inter-disciplinary discourse as well as the sharing of knowledge and techniques. However, these fears are also being addressed by those who wish to take advantage of the potential technology has to offer.
Law schools are making technological education a priority for their students. One example of this is The University of Miami’s “LawWithoutWalls” program that teaches law students and attorneys new core competencies when it comes to delivering legal services, analyzing data, managing projects, and knowing the tech that will give them the edge. For those professionals already out in the legal world, conferences like Legal Geek and Global Legal Hackathon are also providing education. However, there are even more innovative solutions to learning how to utilize tech.
The IT professionals at Exactify.IT are experienced in the technological needs of the legal world. We provide events to help legal professionals learn more about the technology available to them. Plus, the services we offer can help small firms match the technical abilities of big firms with their own dedicated IT departments. Don’t let the hurdles of technological innovation keep you from maximizing what your firm can do for your clients.