Digital evidence management CaseLines has entered a partnership with the University of Kent that provides free access to its digital evidence management platform for students at Kent Law School.
Students will be able to use CaseLines’ technology to create their own digital case files during coursework assignments and for moot court sessions. The intention of the partnership is to allow the next generation of legal professionals to be fully conversant in the latest digital evidence management technologies.
The first paperless mock trial was held by Kent Law School as part of an event to mark the naming of the School’s Moot Court in honour of Dr Kennedy Wong, a key benefactor of the Kent Law Campaign. The occasion saw the bench and advocates use CaseLines to prepare, collate, redact, share and present the digital legal bundles, via a single system.
The audience were able to follow court proceedings and view the documents being discussed by logging on to tablets enabling, Caselines said, a more inclusive and comprehensive mock trial than can be achieved on paper. Among those presiding this moot were Sir John Mummery LJ (former Masters of the Rolls), His Honour Judge Andrew Patience QC (ret’d) and Her Honour Judge Adele Williams.
Darren Weir, Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School, said: “We are delighted to be the first law school in the UK to have developed a new course which incorporates a digitalised evidence and courtroom presentation system. Our students will benefit tremendously from using the same systems implemented across the Crown Courts and Civil Courts from the beginning of their training. The user-friendly interface has received extremely positive feedback following the moot and will enable us to continue to deliver the best training possible for our students.”
Paul Sachs, CTO and Founder of CaseLines, said: “With the legal industry becoming increasingly digitalised, it is essential that the lawyers of tomorrow equip themselves in real-life digital applications in order to keep up with progressive industry standards. We hope that the University of Kent is the first of many to embrace digital education for its students.”