How has your experience of UK courts changed since you first graduated from law school all those years ago? Probably not a huge amount, if we’re honest.
While just about every other profession has grabbed time-saving, cost-cutting, efficiency-boosting tech with both hands, the legal profession has been held back by a court system that had doggedly dragged its heels.
In fact, last year, the Justice Secretary Michael Gove used his first speech in the role to point out that when you look at the “snowdrifts of paper held in place by delicate pink ribbons, indeed thinking of the mounds of paper forming palisades around the hard-pressed staff who try and bring some sense and order to the administration of justice, it is impossible not to wonder what century our courts are in.”
Doesn’t sound great, does it?
But now – at long, long last – the UK Criminal Justice system is catching up with the rest of the world when it comes to modern IT technology. In particular, they’re waking up to how cloud computing helps the legal sector
In September, Natalie Ceeney, Chief Executive of HM Courts and Tribunals Services, made a promising announcement.
“‘Court and tribunal reform’ has been talked about for some years now,” she said. “There has been work happening – including installing Wi-Fi and screens in our criminal courts, and the start of an ambitious IT programme to create a common case flow infrastructure to enable information to flow seamlessly from the police, to the CPS and then to the courts.
“But what we need to do is far more radical than adding a few new screens and digitalising today’s processes. We need to fundamentally rethink our model for the 21st century.”
That’s a bit more like it. But what does it mean in practice?
In fact, exciting changes are afoot. The paper based system that’s dominated since the dawn of time is finally set to be upgraded to a “legal cloud” approach that will facilitate faster turnaround, greater transparency and better communication throughout the legal sector. Courtrooms will be modernised to allow for digital evidence. Many wasteful, outdated practices will be scrapped in favour of the law cloud.
For lawyers chomping at the bit to make their firms more efficient, to serve their clients better and to become more flexible and agile, this should come as very welcome news indeed.
After all, we’re talking about opportunities to reduce costs, increase productivity and improve collaboration. Case in point: since shifting to the cloud and adopting Microsoft 365 and other services, the UK Supreme Court has reportedly cut its costs by 60%, even as it reduced delays and improved remote and flexible working options.
These improvements have a knock-on effect for law firms, minimising wasted time, backlogs of work and unnecessary court visits. They also give you free rein to power on ahead with law cloud technology.
In fact, cloud computing is a key player in helping law firms to meet new CJS standards, as well as tool for boosting your bottom line and cleaning up stuffy work processes.
Partnering with a provider who really knows their stuff means you can implement a Cloud Disaster Recovery system that enhances security and gives you peace of mind, while ensuring you’re fully compliant with changing rules. Moving your business to the cloud is a powerful way to maintain continuity and avoid downtime, even as you revolutionise the way you work.
These are exciting times to be in the law profession. There are major changes on the horizon that will bring positive developments for both you and your clients. Even better, with the cloud, you can take advantage of the fantastic benefits and opportunities, while actually saving yourself time, money and hassle at the same time.
We know you have a lot of questions and concerns about moving to the cloud. A number of our clients are in the legal sector and have been using the London Cloud platform for years. Check out the testimonials from two of them at the bottom of our home page or click here to get in touch.