The Government’s decision to invest approx £1 billion into modernising our judicial proceedings has been met with mixed perspectives from all parties who will be affected by this move.
According to Deloitte, there is going to be a 39% reduction in legal sector jobs over the next two decades due to automation.
The government is in the process of pouring £1 billion into modernising the judicial sector; from the introduction of online forms to the use of video links in court.
Hardly any investigation has been done into what defendants think about the introduction of modern technology to their law proceeding, however a paper by Transform Justice suggests that defendants are reluctant to appear on video links. When given the choice, the majority of defendants refused to appear on video from the police station.
In Spring 2019, the Government planned to introduce online courtroom hearings for tax tribunals and claimants. Now, with the outbreak of coronavirus worldwide, the Government are having to act on this right away. This upheaval in the traditional legal process was planned to streamline the judicial system, introducing the option for claimants to attend their hearing while at home or work, rather than having to give up a day to travel to court.
This was all part of the Ministry of Justice’s £1 billion modernisation drive, a drive which plans to makeover the entire judicial system. For example, couples applying for divorce can now apply online. A “smart form”, which tailors questions based on the context around the marriage breakdown, will help the Ministry of Justice potentially save £250 million through a reduction in paperwork and processing time.
But how does this move towards modernisation affect the people who will experience it firsthand?
This article will draw from judicial judges apprehensions and expectations of this huge drive to embrace technology within the legal sector.
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