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INNOVATION AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Fri 21 Aug 2020       |       Share On

INTRODUCTION


Innovation is the introduction of something new. It is an inevitable reaction to a perpetually changing world; converting an unexplored idea, or niche to tangible value. It is the driving force of any successful business venture. We are currently in a tech led landscape with constantly evolving markets. These markets need lawyers to draft contracts, negotiate deals, represent them in court, etc. There would be an obvious gap in communication, implementation and overall service if legal practitioners do not evolve along with these businesses.

Law firms are wrought with overworked legal practitioners, outdated filing systems, stale client relations, and a general fear of artificial intelligence. This interferes with legal practitioners delivering quality service in an efficient, straightforward manner.
The Nigerian Courts have made a few steps in the right direction with the adoption of Case Management System in 2015. However, there is still room for more innovation. The Courts must not get comfortable but look for other ways to innovate.
How can we not only overcome these challenges, but also turn these solutions into opportunities for an overall transformation in the legal profession? This article will explore innovation in law firms and Nigerian courts.

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