Computers & Law is seeking your predictions for 2018, as it does every year about this time. The twist this year is a request for regular contributors to look back at previous predictions (2008 is suggested as a benchmark year) and see how your predictions fared.
Many of mine have been about judges enforcing the disclosure rules and have been undermined by their conspicuous failure to do just that – see the end of my article about the pending new rule for my view on this failure.
It would be fair to say also that my many predictions about the destructive incompetence of the Ministry of Justice have not quite been fulfilled, but I did set a pretty high bar for that. Last year, for example, I predicted this:
By then, few litigants will have representation, and “justice” will consist of hordes of LiPs and McKenzie Friends whining and shouting at the retired security guards now sitting on the bench.
A property developer will make an offer for the Royal Courts of Justice, demolish them and replace them with vast office blocks. Long before they are finished, the intended occupants will be in post-Brexit offices in Frankfurt or Dublin, and the new offices will stand empty for a decade. Meanwhile, “Justice” will be delivered from three Nissen huts on an industrial estate in Hounslow.
Give it another year perhaps.