The family justice system must recognise an increasing appetite for online options, the President of the Family Division has declared.
Speaking at YRes, a conference for recently qualified solicitors, Sir James Munby highlighted the growing importance of technology in the delivery of justice. While acknowledging that not every case is suitable for processing via the internet, he asked attendees:
“When faced with the choice of opening a laptop in the kitchen, and talking to a judge via Skype; or running the gauntlet of travelling to a crumbling court building which may be many miles away – what do you think the litigant would prefer?”
The President also referred to the sometimes slow embrace of electronic case management systems by the famously paper-heavy legal system, urging the young solicitors listening to his speech to take advantage of current initiatives to roll out new IT systems.
“If we lose the current opportunity we will still be on paper files when you’re coming up to your retirement.”