IT: The cutting edge
The US has been at the forefront of the majority of legal information technology growth worldwide. Kieran Flatt looks at key developments emerging from the US in the past 12 months
The US is the spiritual home of legal technology. The document and practice management systems that underpin nearly every large European legal practice are all-American inventions. They may have been adapted, developed and sometimes even improved elsewhere, but most of the original concepts arose in the US. Most recently, a meteoric growth in the use of ‘electronic discovery’, or e-discovery, and the resulting range of litigation support technologies, has caused the powers that be in jurisdictions around the world to re-examine and adapt their justice systems.
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