Thomson Reuters buys cloud-based CaseLines to digitalise court document system

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Thomson Reuters has acquired CaseLines, a cloud-based court document and evidence management platform, in order to digitally transform legal processes. 

Challenges to maintaining court proceedings and operating effectively in old paper-based systems may have caused delays in justice being served during the pandemic, according to the organisation. “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. 

“The CaseLines platform enables the courts to operate in a faster, more efficient manner, helping people get the justice they deserve. By developing new technologies, our aim is to support our customers in creating an increasingly accessible justice system for all,” he added.

CaseLines digitises court processes by eliminating paper and creating digital court files managed on one common platform. It aims to enable anyone with a phone or an internet connection to maintain workflows in the justice system.

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Fulford, vice-president of the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, England and Wales, commented:

“CaseLines has significantly transformed our Criminal Justice system in the UK. Paper documents have been replaced by the CaseLines digital system and the Judges are universally positive about the efficiencies this has created for everyone working in the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. Without CaseLines it is very difficult to see how we would have been able to function during the coronavirus difficulties.”

In CaseLine founder Paul Sachs's view, the company found a strategic buyer in Thomson Reuters that shares its intention to deliver a change in the efficient delivery of justice. “We have a proven record of enabling the courts’ digital transformation in the UK. We are optimistic that with Thomson Reuters global footprint we will be able to help courts around the world continue to operate effectively and efficiently into the future,” he said.

Cavendish Corporate Finance advised on the deal.