- Published: Monday, 18 May 2015 11:00
- Written by Pearl Scan
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UK courts have previously been described as Dickensian because a great deal of their processes have not changed since the early 1800s but all of that is beginning to change with the paperless courts project in full swing.
Even the smallest of court cases can produce mountains of paperwork and often this paperwork has to be collected, shared and sent to and from various locations, often by hand to avoid the loss of important information. Not only does this waste time, dragging out the length of court cases in the process, but it also uses a huge amount of money. This money is wasted on;
- Printing multiple copies of documents for disaster recovery.
- Lengthy admin processes.
- Hiring extra staff to deal with large amounts of paperwork for big cases.
- Legal costs as the case takes longer to prepare.
The Digital Takeover
Finally, the Ministry for Justice have recognised the need to bring court processes into the 21st century with the announcement of a £375 million project for the upgrade of technology in around 3,000 courtrooms across the UK. This work will mean that evidence in court will still be legally admissible when presented in digital format. Rather than collecting stacks of paper to present in court, lawyers will be able to simply take an iPad or other tablet device loaded with all of the files they need while saving on paper and printing costs and speeding up processes.
The use of tablets to store case files and legal documents digitally will enable remote access to the information legal professionals need whether in court, in the office or out in the field. Files can be accessed and shared very quickly, a far cry from the manual processes of the Dickens era and beyond.
Future Court Cases
The UK is one of the world’s leaders for business disputes, bringing an estimated £20 billion to the economy (according to TheCityUK). With the right implementation of the digital project this figure could rise because of the decreasing need to spend potential profits on paperwork.
Aside from cost savings, lawyers will be able to increase their productivity and take on more cases due to instantly accessible files enabling them to collate their cases quickly. The wild goose chase of collecting paperwork from locations across the city or even the country will be over.
Document Scanning Services - For a Smooth Digital Transition
In order to store these documents digitally, a large number of backfiles and archives will need to be digitised. Here at Pearl Scan, we offer document scanning and document management solutions specially aimed at lawyers, solicitors and other legal professionals. We can scan legal documents to a wide range of useful formats and even provide image management software which can be set up to your laptop or tablet device for use in the courtroom.
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