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'Luddite' courts need to join digital age, says Northern Ireland judge

By Michael McHugh

Published 14/10/2016

Courts in Northern Ireland should embrace paperless business or risk being left behind in the digital age, a review led by a senior judge has said
Courts in Northern Ireland should embrace paperless business or risk being left behind in the digital age, a review led by a senior judge has said

Courts in Northern Ireland should embrace paperless business or risk being left behind in the digital age, a review led by a senior judge has said.

Blurry photocopies and poorly-ordered documents have created nightmares for transportation or use during trials, Lord Justice Gillen's group added.

The reappraisal said a wasteful legal profession was the last one arguably operating in analogue.

"History will record our current subservience to mountains of paper as having the appearance of an absurd Luddite fantasy."

The review added: "It is time that we gripped the concept of the paperless court."

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