Since the turn of the 21st century, we’ve seen some amazing developments in technology that have forever changed the way we live. These developments have drastically improved our quality of life and simplified a number of tasks that once took far more energy and time to complete.
One industry that’s begun to see the benefit of these technological advancements has been the field of law; cutting-edge breakthroughs in tech are now allowing lawyers to represent their clients and litigate in ways never before seen.
New Technologies in the Courtroom
Electronic Court Filing
In an effort to become more eco-friendly, more legal bodies are moving toward paperless documentation. Courts are now allowing people to submit documents via online electronic submission, or “e-filing”, which makes filing claims and handling legal proceedings much more convenient.
The primary benefit of e-filing is its convenience, for those who may not have the time or means to make it to the courthouse to file their documents in-person. Sending documents to a lawyer, submitting them to the court, and processing court payments, are all new possibilities for parties that may have struggled with traditional methods of filing.
The rise of blockchain technology has been a big topic of conversation, especially in recent years due to the popularity of cryptocurrency. Blockchain is a cutting-edge digital ledger that creates decentralized records of peer-to-peer transactions—useful because it allows immediate funds payments and transfers without the need for financial institutions.
However, there are a number of practical uses for blockchain technology in law as well, particularly because it accommodates smart contracts, sets of terms and conditions that can be automated by the likes of blockchain technology. Blockchain technology also has the ability to record events for a long duration, which may help with intellectual property claims or criminal charges related to specific cases.
3D printing is one of the newest and most cutting-edge developments in the realm of technology. 3D printers build three-dimensional objects from a computer-aided design model, adding material layer by layer. 3D printers can produce very complex shapes or geometries with minimal effort.
Although 3D printers may not seem to have an immediate application in law at first glance, there is a huge benefit for lawyers, especially those that frequently handle personal injury cases, or cases involving assault or battery. By generating a 3D print of their client’s body part(s), lawyers can visually detail the scope of their client’s injuries to the jury.
Virtual reality is another form of technology that our society has barely scratched the surface of. Creating simulated experiences similar to those found in the real world, virtual reality technology allows a user to visualize and partake in moments that would be otherwise unattainable.
Innovations in virtual reality could potentially allow a jury to be virtually transported to the scene of a crime or incident, allowing them to get a firsthand visual of exactly how events transpired. Prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses, and judges will all benefit from being able to utilize virtual reality to get more accurate visualizations of the information being reviewed in court.
What’s to Come
As technology continues to advance, we will surely see more advancements in the courtroom. One development that may become more prevalent is the use of video chat during litigation. Expanded use of video conference court appearances, as well as improved photo/video sharing technology, can allow for better communication of evidence to affect the outcomes of trials.
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