Five Reasons Why the Future of the Justice Sector Will Thrive with Ecosystems
The Justice sector is currently on the cusp of significant transformation. With expectations that it will undergo a 2.5-fold expansion between 2019 and 2025, this surge of investment and innovation holds the promise of a wealth of opportunities for legal professionals and their most crucial users – the individuals seeking access to justice.
However, it is imperative that this transformation is executed with foresight and precision. In the justice sector, there is a choice between building closed, proprietary systems that may limit innovation or embracing open ecosystems that allow for collaboration, integration, and partnerships. These two paths could shape the future of the landscape of the justice system in drastically different ways.
The Future Cannot Be Contained
An open ecosystem which encourages, supports, and facilitates the exchange of the best legal ideas and justice sector innovations through cooperation and integration, is poised to lead us into a brighter future.
Whether we consider the needs of a single jurisdiction or the sector as a whole, this approach is favoured not just because one tech provider endorses this philosophy (although many do), but because the evolving landscape for justice professionals and technologists thrives on adaptable open architectures rather than rigid, single-platform solutions.
Whether addressing the diverse needs of a tribunal, a court system, or specialised legal organisations, enabling the judiciary and administrators the freedom to curate the technology they require ensures that the scope of their capabilities continues to expand. Here are several factors to ponder in this context.
Speed: Speed: The justice landscape is evolving rapidly, demanding adaptability and agility. Open ecosystems in the justice sector keep pace with these changes, offering access to cutting-edge technology, ensuring legal professionals can adapt quickly.
Innovation: Innovation: Innovation flourishes when it is not confined. Open ecosystems allow for fresh ideas, diversity of influence, experimentation, feedback, and even the occasional setback. This openness to incorporating novel solutions ensures the sector remains adaptable and evolves as the expectations of the judiciary and the community grow.
Talent: Justice professionals need not limit their search for tech expertise to their in-house IT department. Embracing an ecosystem approach to talent allows organisations to collaborate with external experts and leverage a wider pool of knowledge and skills.
Value: Even the most well-intentioned single-platform provider cannot match the performance of carefully selected best-of-breed solutions. The value derived from a platform that tries to do everything compromises the quality of its offerings. In contrast, the ability to access best-of-breed solutions results in more significant value for clients.
Risk: Opting for a single-platform approach is akin to agreeing to vendor lock-in. While it may seem like you can switch to a new provider, being tethered to a single vendor's roadmap exacts a high opportunity cost. Restricting exposure to the wider justice sector ecosystem means missing out on market-driven, best-of-breed technologies that could better serve the unique needs of justice sector organisations.
An open ecosystem in the justice sector is a path to a brighter future, one that promotes innovation, agility, and value for all stakeholders. Embracing this approach ensures that the justice sector can adapt to the evolving landscape and provide enhanced access to justice for the community.