oa De Rebus - Technology : a necessary tool : practice management - legal

Volume 2016, Issue 561
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



In today's world, technology is changing so fast that attorneys can never catch up and from a cost-benefit point of view, perhaps they should not even try. For the tech savvy attorneys, there is usually a strong temptation to have the latest and greatest tools in their practice, but for all intents and purposes, one should not get caught up in the hype to the extent that it diminishes ones productivity and ultimately ones businesses. Just as the saying goes, 'guns do not kill people...', the use of a mobile devices in a trial will not kill a court case. However, what it certainly can do is assist an attorney with presentation of evidence in a more professional and seamless manner than would have been possible, say ten years ago. One, however, should always be cognisant of the requirements for admissibility of electronic evidence as defined in the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 (ECT Act). Section 11(1) of the ECT Act recognises information in electronic form and not simply computer printouts, as done by most of its predecessors.

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