Online Courts
The legal profession cannot stand still in the face of technological change. This is the belief of the Lord Chancellor, David Gauke expressed recently, during the opening of an international forum on, 'Online Courts', organised by the HMCTS (the law courts) and the Society for Computers and Law.

So the idea here is that by using modern technology such as our Smartphones, access to justice would be opened up to ordinary people, changing the role of lawyers, removing unnecessary costs, duplication and waste. According to Professor Richard Susskind, the President of the Society for Computers and Law, more people in the world have access to the internet than have access to justice!

Canada is currently pioneering the first online court which is something to watch, as it will provide a marker, so that we can gauge how well our courts may perform, if this is a route that the UK ends up taking.

Ruth Hinchliffe