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Abstract

There is mounting evidence about the efficiencies generated by the use of technology at trial. The recent trial in Queensland in Covecorp Constructions Pty Ltd v Indigo Projects Pty Ltd proceeded as an “electronic trial” with the use of court-provided technology. It was the first of its kind in Queensland. The Court’s aim was to find a means to capture the key benefits offered by trial technology, but in a way that was affordable for parties, was simple to use, and as a result would facilitate the adoption of technology much more widely than has been the case to date. This article explains the technology employed in this case and reports on the perspectives of all of the participants in the process. It also evaluates the potential for this approach to become normal trial practice in Queensland and elsewhere, and considers the means by which that goal might be achieved.

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