The Present article is written by Subham Samantaray and Khuku Milan Choudhury, students of SOA National Institute of Law under the Online Article Writing Competition organised by LeDroit India discussing about the new face of the legal world.
Law profession has always been a challenge in itself and full of struggles. Starting from the long educational road towards becoming a part of this profession till retiring with a gold watch, every day starts with a new challenge. After the world is being halted by COVID 19, new challenges are up for both law students and legal practitioners. As the law degree is one of the most expensive degrees in India it’s been nearly six months students are not able to continue their regular studies. The law degree requires a law school to give more practical exposure to the students than mere bookish knowledge but everyone is forced to leave their traditional way of learning. The efforts of legal practitioners are suffering greatly due to the ongoing restrictions on travel and closure of courts. There is a constant struggle for proper adjudication and providing justice. There is a popular saying ‘With every challenge you face, there is an opportunity hidden. These challenges too work as new opportunities to turn the tables. This is the beginning of an era where paper hungry courts can be put on digital diet and era where learning skills will no more limited to a particular space. With secure network both court room and classroom work can be carried out swiftly. It has become evident that technology serves as a boon in the legal world.
Using technology in law school:
While most law students as well as faculties aren’t especially technically-inclined by nature, there are lots of useful technological options to help organize and optimize law school experience especially at this point of time. From scanning documents to using case management tools, basic useful technology taught in law school curriculum can go a long way for law students. Every lawyer needs to use a laptop or some other computer to work effectively. Students should be encouraged to always take class notes on a laptop, or a tablet, using Microsoft Word or Google Docs, because it’ll help in synthesizing those notes later in the term. Understanding of and facility with technology is one of those skills, including negotiation, communication, and fact investigation, that lawyers must be acquainted with. For lawyers, effective use of technology means new clients, stronger work product, and more efficient use of time; for law students, it means better job prospects and a smoother transition into practice. Technology is truly transforming the practice of law.
In India after the guidelines issued by the BCI, every law colleges are directed to conduct final year examinations and online classes for rest of the students. Students are also actively participating in the webinars conducted by several law firms and colleges on different digital platforms not only in the country but in the entire globe. Colleges are encouraging student to participate in e-moot courts and e-debate competition for maintaining their curriculum vitae. Various crash courses also attract students to prepare for various competitive examinations in legal background.
The element of practical approach, court hall exercises, clinical methods are involved, technology overtook the educating methods to the legal applications, online learning, web seminars etc. It is ideal to adopt the recommended aspects to equip in accordance with the demands to meet up the social, economical and legal expectations to remain and maintain the core competency to obtain the essentially required outcome for a student.
Digital transformation in legal Profession:
Technology came in rescue to mobilise the desk oriented, pen-pushing working style of law practice. Legal practitioners need not be glued to libraries, record offices, telephones or copiers to work on their cases. With the help of advanced computing, storage systems, internet, search engine tools, smart phones, tablets, kindles, there emerged a migration from conventional desktop working mechanism to mobile operations. Prior to the techie era, the simplest research work for a case may be time consuming which involved manual inquiries in person, library visits, record references, calls, meetings and consumed several days to achieve the required result. The situation in the court halls were more intricate, time-consuming lengthy process.
Technology in Indian Courts streamlined the chronological order of filing dates, automatic generation of cause lists, grouping and posting of cases with similar law points, speedy recall of dismissed cases for reviews, instantaneous statistical reports, computerised filing of records. Computerisation of filing counters in the Apex court eased the lengthy queues of advocates, removed the difficulties by instant defect detection, speedy rectification, calculation of court fee, time limitation, etc. The digital advancement in Indian judiciary enabled the litigants to get their queries answered online about their pending cases. A complete text of all reported judgement of Supreme Court cases from 1950 till date is available online. An interactive voice response system (IVRS) is provided for the litigants and advocates finding their case status. Use of collaborative technology has never been as high and popular as it is today.
Amidst the technology being a boon the security factor and cost management are the only challenges need to be summoned for a better relationship of legal and technology world. The field of law inevitably pulled into the fast pace of emerging trends practiced worldwide and compelled to move forward with the technology to meet the ends of justice with optimum speed.
First Runner ups of the Online Article Writing Competition