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Legal tech, video calls and now thermographic cameras are set to become the new norm for law schools and the legal industry.
As industries open up, it appears that the legal industry has particularly had an ominous task of becoming COVID proof. Even before the pandemic, many already viewed the legal sector as old and archaic in terms of its’ technological stand point, therefore the task of implementing remote hearings was far greater for them.
Since the lock down, the reaction from courts and legal industry as a whole has been a positive one. The use of technology and video calls has meant trials can continue, new matters can be heard, with lawyers at ease as they remain at home whilst delivering their function. Further to this, many lawyers have had an adaptable work and life balance, as the lock down period has shown, working from home can be equally productive. On other news, the University of Law proposes to reopen their campuses in September, with all their focus on safety and creating a COVID proof environment. This means students will be met with thermographic cameras when they enter their buildings, and be required to sanitize their hands thoroughly.
Technology advancements such as the ones outlined above are positive and undoubtedly show the industry moving in the right direction, but by no means is it a finished article. Video calls and video platforms require work to meet GDPR requirements, with lawyer/ client interaction, before and during a trial, an issue that needs to be addressed. Many critiques who are against the use of technology in courts have voiced their concerns regarding the inability to see body language of parties involved, and a relaxed attitude shown by parties towards the Judge.
I would perhaps go as far as saying the introduction of legal tech is exactly that, an introduction that needs more work and funding in order to be more efficient. That said, it is very much around to stay and perhaps in 10-20 years’ time, the legal industry will be technology led.
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