Transforming the Law: Essays on Technology, Justice and the Legal Marketplace

Transforming the Law: Essays on Technology, Justice and the Legal Marketplace

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By (author) Richard E. Susskind

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 316 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 23mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198299222
  • ISBN 13: 9780198299226
  • Illustrations note: numerous tables

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Richard Susskind is one of the world's leading experts on the application of information technology in the legal field, and an independent consultant to the government, private sector law firms and industry. His previous books, Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987) and The Future of Law (OUP, 1996), have both served to set the agenda for the serious discussion of the subject. This new volume features major new essays that analyse where the legal marketplace and community has now got to in applying and responding to the new technological possibilities, and examines the key issues that must now be tackled (in particular knowledge management and electronic commerce). It also includes eleven of Richard Susskind's most important past essays, on the legal application of IT, each updated to make clear their continued relevance to law and justice today.

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Professor Richard Susskind OBE FRSE DPhil LIB FBCS is one of the leading experts in the application of IT to law. He has specialized in that field for nineteen years and, since 1997, has been an independent adviser to various parts of government and for large private sector firms and companies. He lectures and consults internationally. He is past chairman of the Society for Computers and Law (1990-92), was Lord Woolf's IT Adviser during the Access to Justice Inquiry (1995-96), and was appointed IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice in 1998. Since 1990, he has been Visiting Professor to the Centre for Law, Computers and Technology, at Strathclyde University. In 1999, he was appointed by the Cabinet Office to the Modernising Government Project Board. In the Christmas Honours his services to Legal Justice were acknowledged with an OBE. He has published two of his four books with OUP, see below. And has been General Editor of The International Journal for Law and Information Technology

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The most important and useful book I have ever read about technology's impact on lawyers ... I give Transforming the Law the highest recommendation. It is a must-read for firm partners and others responsible for making strategic decisions about law and technology, including lawyers concerned about their future in the profession. Jerry Lawson, Law Practice Management (and author of The Complete Internet Handbook for Lawyers) I would recommend this book to anyone interested in thinking about the changes that are being wrought by information technology in the law and courts arena. Herbert M. Kritzer, The Law and Politics Book Review

Table of contents

PART I: LEGAL SERVICE IN THE NEW ECONOMY ; 1. Legal Electronic Commerce ; 2. The Client Service Chain ; PART II: THE FUTURE OF LAW ; 3. The Future of Law Summarized ; 4. The Future of Legal Practice ; 5. The Likely and the Possible ; 6. A Response to Critics ; PART III: EXPERT SYSTEMS IN LAW ; 7. An Introduction to Expert Systems in Law ; 8. A Jurisprudential Approach to Expert Systems in Law ; 9. Expert Systems in Law: From Theory into Practice ; 10. An Early Case Study in Packaging the Law ; PART IV: IT IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM ; 11. IT in the English Civil Justice System ; 12. The Electronic Pillars of Justice ; 13. The Computer Judge: Early Thoughts