A study on the application of information technology in the legal profession in Hong Kong

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A study on the application of information technology in the legal profession in Hong Kong


Author: Wong, Lai-ping
Title: A study on the application of information technology in the legal profession in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1994
Subject: Information storage and retrieval systems -- Law -- China -- Hong Kong
Lawyers -- China -- Hong Kong
Information technology -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Computing
Pages: 1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1151303
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/5084
Abstract: This is a technological society - the Age of Computer Technology. Technological development is compressing time and impregnating all factors in the relationship between technology, society, and the law. The computer technology revolution has potentially greater consequences than the Industrial Revolution had. While the Industrial Revolution harnessed machines to multiply the power of human muscle, computer technology can be utilised to expand the power of the human mind. Technology has completely transcended common law; there has been a latent chain reaction from computer technology in the legal system and the practice of law. Information technology can and does change not only the way we do things but perhaps, more importantly, what we do. The information processing revolution has transformed the world into a technologically based society. The computer is becoming as commonplace as the telephone or the television. As society becomes more complex, its legal system must grow to become more complex. It is only by making full use of the potential offered by computer technology that the law can remain our servant and be used to protect our rights. The application of powerful computer and information technology will modify the way lawyers practise law. I would like to study the general attitude of members of the law offices in Hong Kong to computer technology and the reason behind the low applicability of information technology, including software specially tailored made for the legal profession, in the legal profession (in particular the lawyers themselves) in Hong Kong. My focus is on the general private practice law offices and the barrister chambers. In general, the legal profession is aware of the coming of the information age. They do not show particular reluctance to it. They seem to be able to adapt to such change and are willing to accept the challenge posed to them by the implementation of information technology applications. This research finds that computer education is not adequate in Hong Kong. This definitely calls for the relevant bodies to take immediate actions. Law schools should consider incorporating basic computer application courses into their curricula. Computer consulting firms may consider tailored made courses for legal professionals to teach them how to use specialised software for legal profession like Document Management System and Trade Mark System.

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