By 2016 nobody in the UK courtrooms will use papers anymore as this is considered outdated. The plan of the government is to make everything digital. The Legal Stop favours the idea and provides legal documents online, which you can simply download to your computer and use in digital format.
Courts will have their own secure wi-fi networks so that they may easily find any document they need. Evidence and documents used during trials will be displayed on digital monitors.
Police officers will also stop bringing notebooks with them as they will get mobile devices.
The amount the government will spend on these changes is £160 million.
The first court which has now been trying this new concept is the Birmingham Magistrates Court. From March until now it has dealt with 80 cases.
The changes should soon start functioning throughout whole England and Wales. The expected results are that this would improve the work of different courts.
Justice minister Damien Green has to announce the plans today in a speech at the Policy Exchange.
He started his speech mentioning that each year courts use 160 million sheets of paper.
“Stacked up this would be the same as 15 Mount Snowdons – literally mountains of paper. If we are to win in the global race this must change,” said Mr Green. “It is time we move the court system into the 21st Century.”
In his opinion courts would function in a qualitative way only when they got rid of the old system and became more modern.
On the other hand, many lawyers are uneasy with this new system saying that if an eventual system crash happens they would not lose a single file but all the documents of the court may disappear.