DIFC Courts adopts cloud to introduce paperless trials
DIFC Courts joins the UK Supreme Court as one of only five court systems globally to adopt the electronic bundle technology
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has adopted a cloud-based technology to support the move towards paperless trials.
The new e-bundling service, which will be introduced on 29 March 2018, will allow judges, lawyers and court staff to access case information and court documents in a range of formats from various locations, even from anywhere in the world.
DIFC Courts will schedule training seminars for the legal community and lawyers and law firms will benefit from a three-month transition period. However by 1 July 2018, it will be compulsory for new cases to use the e-bundling system.
The system was developed by UK-based CaseLines, who states that the e-bundle technology saves over 900,000 sheets of paper daily, this amounts to enough paper to create a stack as high as the Burj Khailfa every ten days.
The CaseLines system is a collaborative virtual structure that enables lawyers to build the evidence bundle for a hearing online, either from scratch, or by importing a draft bundle created in an existing Case Management System (CMS). It does not require software to be installed, and has world class security, to FIPS 199, FIPS 200 and ISO27001 standards.
David Jackson, director, CaseLines, said: "CaseLines has been transforming the way court systems operate, and we are delighted now to now be working with the DIFC Courts to improve court efficiency. Quick and convenient access to information has perhaps had the biggest influence on the way businesses run, especially for lawyers who need immediate secure access to masses of data within the legal sector where hordes of data need to be readily available.
"As well as saving approximately 200 trees per month and improving the productivity of administration staff bundle creation by 30%, some of the practical innovations include CaseLines offers lawyers video streaming using a secure YouTube-style interface to show video evidence in court, along with audio and video conferencing from the digital case file, and automatic hyperlinking of evidence documents."
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