The legal industry has had to adapt pretty quickly during the pandemic, with many having to learn about new technology to work remotely (including where the "mute" button is). It has been good to see the changes being embraced where needed, but we should not stop there. 

Technology can make both our personal and professional lives much easier.  

The prospect of a centralised "single comprehensive repository of England and Wales court judgments" should be welcomed by all practitioners. I do hope if this is implemented that the launch day is dubbed "Judgment Day" (with appropriate movie theme music, subject to any required licences, of course). However, with new technologies, come new considerations about its application (as we have seen with anything containing "crypto" or "bit" in the name). With details of all judgments in one place, there is a great potential to use this data for so many applications; the potential to train artificial intelligence systems to forecast case outcomes is an incredible prospect. How will that work? Who will use it and for what? 

Turning the dream into a reality will inevitably have a number of hurdles to overcome. Whilst the MOJ called for publication of all judgments in a structured, machine-readable format, that will be difficult, if not impossible, to standardise. As most practitioners will know, no two disputes are the same. 

It will be interesting to see if and how this develops, and its future application. Provided Cyberdyne Systems aren't involved in the creation and running of the AI then we might not have cause for any concern. I for one will be watching this space with anticipation.