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Can a new idea still change how our society works? Not the mechanics of daily life, but the fundamental relationships between individuals? Our society is built on systems of trust. Our society works because we generally accept that government, banks, service providers, solicitors, our fellow citizens act properly. We expect our banks to store and not (arbitrarily) take our money, we expect our lawyers to act in our interests.

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When the ease and efficiency of email transformed how we communicate and store correspondence, the volume of discoverable documents in commercial disputes skyrocketed. So too did billable hours, as law firms employed squadrons of junior solicitors and paralegals to review mountains of documents.

However, could traditional discovery processes in the Supreme Court of Victoria soon be headed the way of wigs?

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