The Society for Computers and Law has invited Mr Justice Akenhead to speak under the title Judges and Technology, Friends and Foes. This talk was to have been given last year but has been held over to 16 January 2013.
Even before the rule changes due in April 2013, case managing judges assumed a heavy burden in relation to the overlap between technology and the management or hearing of cases. eDisclosure, case management, and the increasingly varied types of electronic evidence all feature as part of a judge’s everyday business.
From 1 April 2013, the existing duties of judicial active management will be supplemented by new responsibilities to make decisions not only about the scope of disclosure but about the tools and techniques to be used to achieve it. If the primary burden falls on the lawyers to explain all these things, the burden falls on judges to make appropriate and proportionate decisions.
Sir Robert Akenhead’s talk will cover, among other things, the perils of inadequate (and over-detailed) eDisclosure, the role of technology in effective case management, and best practice in technical disputes generally.
The venue is the offices of SNR Denton at One Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RA. The talk starts at 6:30pm and the details can be found here.