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Legal Informatics: The Change Maker of the Future of Legal System

Managing large volumes of heterogeneous data and using it effectively has always been a problem question in the legal domain. The solution to this big question has now been obtained with the advent of big data. Legal Informatics, a field which has emerged from big data, ties together work in the representation of legal knowledge with the performance gains derived through distributed processing.

Many questions arise in the minds of lawyers such as:

  • How does the Judge rule on certain types of cases can be studied by date and time?
  • Does the judge dismiss cases for a consistent pattern of reasoning?
  • How do holidays affect decisions?
  • Do they sentence harder at different times of the day?

These questions can now be easily answered with the help of Legal Informatics.

But, like all things have two sides, use of big data analytics in legal domain also has its repercussions like routine tasks will now be easily undertaken by analytics, judges will come under increased pressure, etc.

To know more, read the following article by Robert Plant, Associate Professor at the School of Business Administration, University of Miami, at The Wall Street Journal.

http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2015/04/24/what-big-data-means-for-the-legal-system/

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