FinTech: Thomson Reuters Acquires Virtual Courts Platform CaseLines

August 17, 2020 | FinTech, News, Takeovers and Buyouts

CaseLines is a cloud-based platform that enables courts to function virtually, pandemic, or not.

Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI) has acquired CaseLines, a digitized, cloud-based judicial platform that manages evidence, court documents, and virtual hearings. (Reuters)

Pandemic slows down justice

Because of lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders issued during the COVID-19 pandemic, justice may not have been delivered in time in many cases. Courts across the U.S. remained shut or operated in an extremely limited fashion.

Justice delayed, is justice denied the saying goes.

However, CaseLines enables anybody with a phone or internet-enabled device to participate in a court proceeding.

The judicial system becomes available to governments, judges, courts, and legal practitioners through the platform. It digitizes court processes by essentially eliminating paper and creating digital court files managed on one common platform. The legal community can therefore securely manage, organize, share, and present evidence between the courts and legal teams. It can do this both remotely and in person.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is driving the courts to expedite their transition to the digital era,” said Stephen Rubley, president of the government segment of Thomson Reuters. “The CaseLines platform enables the courts to operate in a faster, more efficient manner.”

The platform already supports over 40,000 users, conducted over 400,000 trials, and managed over 150 million pages of evidence.

CaseLines in the U.K.

“CaseLines has significantly transformed our Criminal Justice system in the UK. Paper documents have been replaced by the CaseLines digital system and the Judges are universally positive about the efficiencies this has created for everyone working in the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. Without CaseLines it is very difficult to see how we would have been able to function during the coronavirus difficulties,” said The Right Honourable Lord Justice Fulford, Vice-President of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), England and Wales.

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