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Elected judges, robots for paralegals, and download-it-yourself claims forms: Russell Conway considers the brave new world of the law as it could be in 2025

11 May 2010

It is the year 2025 and the legal landscape has changed rather a lot. Likewise, society generally with England basking in a Mediterranean climate and far fewer cars as petrol has virtually run out and the proliferation of solicitors’ offices as we currently know it no longer exists. There are few shops (everyone does their shopping online) and offices are much smaller as there is no longer a need for much in the way of staff and many tasks are performed by machines, computers or robots.

Each town has two firms of solicitors: one a private firm and another a legal aid firm. The term solicitor no longer exists as the profession has morphed into lawyers, paralegals and IT professionals – the latter category largely made up of robots. Lawyers make up an amalgam of what were previously solicitors, barristers (this term has been abolished) and judges, whose role has also fundamentally changed. There are no longer any courts and no need for submissions by barristers. Instead, la...

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