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Are lawyers going to become obsolete with increasing tech?



Technology has made our lives easier. In case of legal profession, technology, specifically artificial intelligence has automated various tasks. When pandemic struck, tech came to rescue, which marked a concern in everyone’s mind, will robots take over lawyers? Will technology replace the legal professionals? The answer is a simple No. Even if we bring the most advanced technological creation to the court, it will in no way imply that lawyers are becoming an endangered species, and that their expertise and skills will become obsolete like certain assembly-line factory jobs.

Even if we consider the scenario in far future, lawyers will never become irrelevant or get eradicated. But of course, we will witness them become more efficient. The evolution of technology will not take away things from us, but will expand and grow things and offer more opportunities.


The legal industry has witnessed a lot of transformation, a majority of which was brought due to technological advancement, which developed tools so as to eliminate some tasks while making others more efficient. Additionally, when the pandemic began, it introduced online filing of motion records, default judgment records, affidavits of service, and any other document that needed issuance. Even court hearings were being held virtually, saving lawyers’ time, client and money. Below we have discussed five ways in which the technology is changing the legal sector.


E-Discovery

The traditional methods to maintain documents was through maintaining the hard-copy. The process was truly difficult for lawyers as it required time and efforts to find the right document with the relevant evidence in a short period of time. With technological advancement, lawyers no longer have to deal with the hassle of going through and maintaining multiple hard-copies documents. Documents are now easily accessible on mobile devices, iPods, computers, and so on. e-discovery has now made it possible to retrieve information electronically. Also, their automation software, combined with the necessary analytics, speeds up the process of evidence discovery and helps find searched phrases and keywords within documents.


Web Portals

in comparison to manually searching and reading all statutes and journals, lawyers can now access every such information through web portals. With such advancements, every crucial legal information lies just a click away. Furthermore, due to the ease with which all information can be accessed, court case preparation has become less taxing. Additionally, many courts have also started accepting documents and file submissions via online methods.


Data Analytics

In simple terms, Data Analysis is the process of systematically applying statistical and/or logical techniques to describe and illustrate, condense and recap, and evaluate data. It has become extremely useful for lawyers in recent years, as there have been numerous cases involving the misuse of data and the commission of crimes with the help of technology. With lawyers being familiar with these analytics, it eases the process to identify the cases and the perpetrators of these crimes.With data analytics, lawyers can find out answers within minutes, which would have taken hours or weeks of manual efforts otherwise. Additionally, analytics software can catch simple variations in data that the human mind may usually not comprehend.



Digital Case Management

Digital case management is a ground breaking innovation for lawyers. In simple terms, this management system is a 'one-stop-shop' for dealing with all aspects of a caseload. For instance, if a lawyer needs to work on a particular matter, then instead of hunting for the paper binders, he logs onto his system, navigate to the relevant digital case file and access everything he needs from there. This management system enables lawyers to automatically process information such as important dates, meetings, billing data entry, organization of the contact list, case management, and so on. Additionally, it also allows to easily share documents with other lawyers in the office at any time with the utmost ease. With lawyers switching to remotely working facilities, digital case management is of utmost use, since it can be accessed from any place.


Forensic Audits

Advancement of technology, has also increased financial-related and white-collar crimes. According to the International Compliance Association, financial crime accounts for 3.6% of global GDP. Financial-related crimes are growing and rapidly evolving issue for financial institutions, economies, and governments across the globe, which are a major result of the pandemic and digital transformation. When dealing with these types of cases, most lawyers enlist the guidance of accountants, government agencies, and other law enforcement organisations. As a majority of these crimes are committed by technologically adept individuals, it is becoming increasingly difficult to solve the cases. Hence the audit process is very critical during these investigations to efficiently defend clients or prosecute the opposite party. This is exactly why lawyers these days have started making use of digital forensic audit technology which has made their task much easier.Digital Forensics helps in accessing data from sources beyond personal equipment. In other words, access logs, security footage, database and server logs, sign-in and sign-out logs and other IoT or electronic devices that can support the case.

 

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