Five great industry news stories from this week you may have missed.
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) says the justice system should embrace the technological modernization forced upon it by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday afternoon, CBC shared the findings of a report by the CBA, titled No Turning Back, which concludes that many long-overdue changes that have come as a result of the pandemic have improved access to justice and resulted in more efficient resolution of disputes in backlogged court systems. However, some challenges surrounding privacy, access and fairness still remain. The organization is calling for more investment to support the move to online justice in a post-pandemic world. Read the full story here.
A new Gartner report, titled Predicts 2021: Corporate Legal and Compliance Technology, has determined that legal departments are expected to increase their technology budgets threefold through 2025. While spending on legal technology has been on the up in the last five years, increasing 1.5 times from 2.6 per cent of in-house budgets in 2017 to 3.9 per cent in 2020, Gartner predicts it will increase to around 12 per cent of in-house budgets by 2025 — a threefold increase from 2020 levels. Visit Business Chief's website to read all the highlights of the report.
As firms transition their core systems to the cloud, they find that it is easier to switch between products and services. Installing and updating online systems does not require the same commitment of time and cost as on-premise products. A recent Law Society Gazette article explores 'no-code/low-code' platforms which allow lawyers without any knowledge of coding to get involved in creating innovative tech tools. In turn, these platforms enable legal professionals to quickly progress their innovative ideas into practice. Could this mean that true agility — a longstanding legal tech buzzword — could be a reality in 2021? Read the full story here.
A prominent civil rights group is threatening to sue the State Bar of California unless it agrees to stop using facial recognition technology to prevent cheating on online bar exams. “It is by now well-established by experts in that field that FRT is disproportionately inaccurate in identifying women and people of colour,” the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said in a letter to California bar officials on February 10. Bloomberg Law reports that several test takers of colour reported being shut out of October versions of the exam because the tech didn’t recognize them. Click here for the full story.
For decades, artificial intelligence has been depicted as a sinister force in science fiction. In a recent contribution to Tech Talks, Guatam Goswami explores four AI-powered activities that, they believe, will likely become normal by the end of this decade. Gain insights on the future of conversational governance, home technical support, autonomous vehicles and institutional decision making here.