Monthly Archives: February 2014

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 The Aussies have done it again!

Not satisfied with trouncing Cook’s boys 5-0 in the recent Ashes series (I prefer not to mention the one day series and the T20, poor as they were, because it is the result of the five match Ashes series which hurts), the New South Wales Attorney General has announced that a Virtual Registry is now open for business.

The press release proclaims that the Virtual Registry is open anytime anywhere making the lodging and management of civil claims faster and more efficient. Apparently there is to be no more waiting at the court registry to file documents and lawyers will no longer have to structure their day around the court’s hours.

Details are contained in the press release and more information may be obtained from the NSW Supreme, District & Local Courts Online Registry. But, in summary, lawyers and litigants in person in civil claims can use the Online Registry to:

  • File over 40 forms for civil cases
  • Receive court-sealed documents by email
  • Request copies of judgments and orders
  • Check which documents have been filed for a case
  • Publish and search NSW probate notices (mandatory advertisements relating to wills and deceased estates)
  • Check lists of subpoenaed documents and things (items brought to court to be
  • considered as evidence)
  • Pay court filing fees by credit card.

All in all, it looks like another win for Australia.

Susskind supports Casey Flaherty approach

In various posts last year I highlighted the views of Casey Flaherty, General Counsel of Kia Motors America, Inc.

Casey espouses the view that lawyers who want to work for his company need to understand that the world has changed and that with it comes the responsibility to understand the contribution which technology can make to the discovery process in litigation and other contentious work.

To that end he has devised a technology test which lawyers who aspire to act for Kia have to undertake. There is, of course, more to it than that but the point is, broadly, that if you fail the test you do not get to work for Kia, at least on the particular job in question. Continue reading

Ave atque Vale Legal Tech New York 2014

Over the past weeks, my email inbox has been inundated with advertisements for products, invitations to events and parties and general exhortations to visit this booth and that at Legal Tech 2014.

The event is taking place this week in New York. Billed as the premier legal technology show on Earth, the gathering takes place at the Hilton Hotel on 6th Avenue when people from all round the world converge on the city (and the hotel lobby) in a bewildering cacophony of self promotion and, yes, to be honest, a touch of hubris.

That said, it has in the past proved to be a hugely enjoyable occasion because those who attend share many common interests and it is an opportunity to see face to face some of the people who work in the legal technology industry who are gathered together in one place for most or all of the week.

As a Legal Tech virgin a few years ago, I was impressed by the range of people attending and by some (if not all) of the sessions. Without doubt, it is one of those events which draws together the good and the great in the industry and which includes some of the judges and practitioners who operate regularly at the forefront of the development and application of the technology with which the rest of the world is becoming familiar.

BUT this year, for the first time for a number of years, no one from Millnet will be there!

It was interesting to note when I first attended how few lawyers actually attend and specifically how few lawyers from the UK. None, if I remember rightly!

Last year, the same could have been said about the litigation support community from London. Usually, these guys and their firms are well represented but last year, there was a distinct dearth of attendance from that community. In fact, if memory serves me right, there was no one from the big UK law firms and no one on the various speaking panels either.

After some discussion, we concluded that, having attended Legal Tech in 3 of the past 4 years, with a minimum of three participants on each occasion, it is an event that yields a poor return on our investment. This does not mean we will not attend again in the future but does mean that we intend to plan our attendance at events and seminars for the rest of 2014 in a more considered way that reflects personal development priorities for staff as well as focusing on activities that yield measurable results.  

In the meantime, I wish all our friends and contacts who are at LTNY a very happy and enjoyable conference and all of us at Millnet look forward to seeing you, talking to you and working with you in one way or another in the coming months. 

As Catullus might have said, we salute you…..(but for the time being, LTNY) goodbye!