The UK High Court has ruled that predictive coding admissible in court.
Boutique firm Candey contested the accuracy of predictive coding by mega-firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, in a dispute where the two firms were acting on opposing sides.
According to Legal Cheek, the system uses documents already analysed by a human to then sift through many documents a high speed, saving money on pricey paralegals, which BLP said would cost too much and would generate a poorer result.
The court ruled that the system met the test for use of predictive coding set out earlier this year, a decision expected to trigger the use of predictive coding by more law firms.
“The technology will not only reduce the cost of e-disclosure, but also operates at a higher level of accuracy than a traditional human review,” said litigation chief Oliver Glynn-Jones.
“It also opens up new opportunities such as early case assessment, since it enables lawyers to quickly identify the most highly relevant documents at a much earlier stage than through a traditional review.”
Irish and US courts have already approved the use of predictive coding.