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Lawyers must use technology to face changes: Global Expert

Lawyers must use technology to face changes: Global Expert
Chairperson of the International Bar Association -Bar Issues Commission Claudio Visco. Photo: Fonua Talei
September 08
11:00 2018

The size of a country makes no difference when it comes to accepting digitisation.

And Fiji lawyers must under­stand that there is a different en­vironment out there in the world.

These were the words of the In­ternational Bar Association – Bar Issues Commission chairman Claudio Visco, who spoke at the Fiji Law Society Annual Conven­tion yesterday.

However, Mr Visco said Fiji was a different reality from Western European and North American countries and the level of expecta­tion should be lower.

DIGITISATION A JUDICIARY

“It should be a gradual process, but some of the technologies we have been looking at could be quickly implemented,” Mr Visco said.

“Digitisation of the judiciary is something that should be carefully considered.

“It is highly beneficial and the cost of implementation is not particularly significant.

“The use of some of the technologies, which are now available for instance the predictive outcome of litigation which is a step further than the tradi­tional legal research where you look at cases and precedence.”

He stated that Fiji’s world ranking in ease of business shows that there was still a significant gap to fill compared to Western European countries.

“It is important that lawyers from Fiji understand that there is a different environment in the world and that they are prepared because sooner or later changes will happen in the local jurisdiction,” Mr Visco said.

“Once you understand and start appreciating the benefits which comes from an intelligent balance of use of technology I think that even smaller countries will fill the gap very quickly.”

He said lawyers should accept that technology can bring benefits and can be managed within the existing framework and be in control of the process.

“Once they accept the principle, the implementation process is fairly quick,” the International Bar Association – Bar Issues Commission chair­man said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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