Civil procedure rules have been developed, over the years, in order to ensure that there is equality in terms of disclosing documentation and also in order to ensure that processes are followed in a way that maintains efficiency within civil cases.
The recent changes to the civil procedure rules have taken into account the fact that communications have changed, over the years, and now deal with factors such as text messages, e-mails and the use of technology when it comes to the disclosure of documentation. Whilst there are concerns associated with the security and reliability of documentation being transmitted in this way, it is also recognised that allowing technology to be used can be an excellent way of saving costs and ensuring that matters proceed at the quickest possible pace.
As well as dealing with the practical issues associated with transferring documentation, electronically, the civil procedure rules also consider security issues that may be associated with these types of transfers of information, as well as dealing with any updates that may become necessary, as the trial progresses. It is recognised that although the internet offers excellent opportunities, it also requires handling in a different way that needs to be controlled by civil procedure rules, going forward.