CCBE: The future of justice in a digital age

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) in its recent newsletter pays attention to the future of justice in a digital age.

The future of justice
After centuries of practically the same system of Justice, it seems that we are close to critical changes. The most radical change is that the system is going to meet the needs of the public; not the needs of the system or of its professionals (judges, lawyers).

There are many factors driving this, but it is mainly technology that is overturning much of the current system and continuously replacing it with something new, always responding to people’s needs. Information Technology does not only change the material used (paper will soon disappear from judicial proceedings); it also changes the proceedings themselves. E-justice does not only include electronic applications or ODR platforms of third parties and big organisations; there are already Courts within the EU where Justice is directly accessible to citizens, provided totally electronically.

The informative role of technology is no less important. On the internet people can find the rules of law applicable to their cases, be informed about the costs of a potential judicial proceeding, compare rates and fees, and find the most specialised and least expensive lawyers.

Justice is changing for sure. It is not only the technology. Globalisation and poverty also influence these changes.
Along with the justice system, the legal profession is also impacted. All the above factors and additionally the need for specialisation and cooperation demand that the legal profession changes. We, lawyers, must change. We have to be modern, innovative, useful.

Because we still have the duty to ensure people’s fundamental rights and, mostly, their right to access to Justice.

Lawyers must be present in the future of Justice.

Panagiotis Perakis,
Chair of the CCBE Access to Justice Committee

Over Ellen Timmer, advocaat ondernemingsrecht @Pellicaan

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