The state of technology in hearings

Just like the phones in our pockets, the technology used in hearings has transformed in the last decade.

How did we get here?
What problems do we still need to solve?
What does the future hold?

We spoke to experts across the legal sector to investigate the progress that has been made and consider the opportunities ahead.

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Technology in hearings 10 years ago

New technology first emerged in courtrooms in the 1990s. Over the 2000s and 2010s, it proliferated as tools like digital transcription and electronic bundling made proceedings more efficient.


Technology in hearings in 2023

The modern-day trial is heading for a paperless future. Empowered and enabled by the latest technologies, from sophisticated e-bundling services to real-time transcription tools, virtual and hybrid proceedings are now commonplace.

Key benefits of technology in hearings

Faster, more efficient, more comprehensive preparation. More compelling presentation of evidence. Lower costs. More sustainable proceedings. Modern technology has transformed hearings across the board.

Challenges and opportunities for improvement

The benefits are obvious, but the legal industry can be slow to change and some hurdles remain before a completely paperless trial becomes the norm.

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Where do we go next?

Post-covid, hearings have largely returned to the physical courtroom. The setting is familiar, but the technological framework has transformed: virtual and hybrid hearings, enabled by the latest technology, are here to stay.

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Read more about the present state, and potential future, of technology in hearings, including insights from global leaders across the legal industry, in our report.