oa Advocate - Technology and legal practice in South Africa

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8743



As a general rule legal practitioners suffer from technophobia. Their tools have traditionally been books and their skills are primarily to be found in their ability to find the applicable legal principles in those books, to determine the facts of a case and to apply those rules to those facts. His or her primary function is to understand the law and the facts, to give an opinion based on that understanding and to persuade the presiding officer that his or her client's version of the facts and his or her understanding of the law are correct. Most lawyers in South Africa believe that the computer can do very little to assist in any of those functions.

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