Kent Law School first to train students in digital evidence

Students at the University of Kent will have free access to digital evidence management platform CaseLines after a partnership between the university and the company was launched.

Built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, students can use CaseLines to create their own digital case files during coursework assignments and for moot court sessions. The technology is already in use in courts across the world and provides a cloud-based service to collaboratively produce, present and review trial bundles.

Following the launch of the partnership, the first paperless mock trial was held with the bench and advocates using the CaseLines technology.

Darren Weir, law lecturer at Kent Law School said: “We are delighted to be the first law school in the UK to have developed a new course which incorporates a digitalised evidence and courtroom presentation system. Our students will benefit tremendously from using the same systems implemented across the Crown Courts and Civil Courts from the beginning of their training. The user-friendly interface has received extremely positive feedback following the moot and will enable us to continue to deliver the best training possible for our students.”

Paul Sachs, CTO and founder of CaseLines, said: “With the legal industry becoming increasingly digitalised, it is essential that the lawyers of tomorrow equip themselves in real-life digital applications in order to keep up with progressive industry standards. We hope that the University of Kent is the first of many to embrace digital education for its students.”