Mutual Legal Assistance – The Future

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I was honoured to present a background paper for the Commonwealth Secretariat at the First Meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Central Authorities and the Commonwealth Network of Contact Persons.

The paper outlines recommendations to reduce Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) delays – through better use of information communication technology and establishing stronger networks.

Amongst other topics, the paper discusses the challenges and possibilities raised by advances in technology – such as Artificial Intelligence (AI). The opportunities to use such technology in the legal industry are very exciting. Could we see AI used to draft MLA requests – thereby reducing delay?

Whilst we continue to discuss traditional solutions – we also need to consider innovative approaches to create a more efficient MLA system.

You can read my background paper here

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