Thomson Reuters acquires cloud-based platform CaseLines, enabling courts to operate virtually

CaseLines digitizes court processes and removes need for paper documents

Thomson Reuters acquires cloud-based platform CaseLines, enabling courts to operate virtually

Thomson Reuters has announced its acquisition of CaseLines, a cloud-based platform which offers digital court document and evidence management tools for virtual hearings.

The CaseLines platform digitizes court files and processes into a single platform and removes the need for paper documents, for the benefit of lawyers, judges, courts, the legal community and governments. With a phone or an internet-connected device, users may securely manage, organize, edit, review, share and present evidence between courts and between legal teams, whether meeting in person or communicating from remote locations.

The acquisition will support an earlier agreement between Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General and Thomson Reuters in which the latter agreed to furnish CaseLines to civil, criminal and family courts in Ontario.

The COVID-19 crisis had spurred the demand for the CaseLines platform and for technology-driven solutions. “The COVID-19 pandemic is driving the courts to expedite their transition to the digital era,” said Stephen Rubley, president of the government segment of Thomson Reuters.

“Together with our justice partners, we have moved our entire justice system forward by decades in a matter of months during the COVID-19 recovery, and we are not looking back,” said Doug Downey, Ontario’s attorney general.

Geoffrey Morawetz, chief justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, said that the platform would “significantly advance our shared goal of a modern, efficient and accessible justice system.”

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