Everyone in the legal industry is talking about using software and technology to bring the business of law into the 21st century - whether at discovery, at trial or mediation/arbitration. The Ontario Bar Association is lobbying hard for efiling to become a reality in courts across the province. The Superior Court has many of its judges speaking at conferences about getting rid of paper for exhibits at trial. I think we've all commented around the table how archaic clients must think the court system is when they walk into one of our court houses.
Innovation is happening all around us, from newer and better ediscovery tools, to electronic trials in commercial court, use of videoconferencing to replace personal appearances, and now to efficiency in the discovery or arbitration room.
When building out our new office space, technology was front of mind and the question was:
How can we create a space that makes it easy to use e-discovery and stop the paper chase?
Our answer is:
- Provide large screen monitors in most conference rooms with an ability to connect wirelessly to the monitor by participants in the room
- Provide electronic rooms where multiple screens and single-source connection is available, so documents can be displayed by the questioning party to everyone in the room
- Provide software tools like Exhibit Bridge, where parties can upload documents before the examination starts, share documents, and electronically mark exhibits - both in-the-cloud and locally (non-cloud)
The second question we asked ourselves was:
How are people connecting to one another given the geographic expanse of litigation today?
From the slow adoption of videoconference technologies of the aughts, to the comfort level many lawyers and clients now have to internet platforms like Skype today, thought was given to the main area of lawyers' concern: how private and secure is the platform? And not insignificantly: how expensive are the alternatives?
Looking at both the issue of security and cost, Neesons has developed three secure, cost effective options (ranging from most expensive to least expensive here) for connecting people for discoveries, mediations and arbitrations.
- Traditional videoconferencing solutionswith bridging capabilities for around the world
- A mixed platform which allows videoconferencing, computers and handheld devices to connect with one another seamlessly
- A secure computer-to-computer platform that is Skype on steroids
Changing technology means a continuous investment in not only the hardware and software, but in man hours to adapt, learn and implement new strategies. Our goal at Neesons is to support the on-going learning and provide the tools onsite necessary to achieve e-discovery fluidity and connectedness.
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