One of the most challenging aspects the law in many courts across the country, not excluding California courts, is the human factor. A lawyer can prepare for court and do everything in the best interests of his or her client, only to find the human factor in the form of the judge becomes a major factor in the case.
New developments in the legal field, judicial analytics have been created that have helped attorneys to not only know the law but to know the judge. This is information that helps the attorney to prepare his or her case and argument based on a better understanding of how the judge is likely to rule in any given type of case.
Additionally, the use of judicial analytics is effective for a lawyer in determining the judge’s workload, the typical days in court for a case and other similar types of factors. While this information can be obtained through manual records checks or searching endless court databases, having a program that uses artificial intelligence and analytics to instantly retrieve this type of information is time saving and incredibly valuable.
Planning for Trial
In being able to use data points to see how a judge responds to different motions in different types of cases, the legal team can streamline their case and their choice of motions to optimize their time and their success in the courtroom.
It is also a benefit to the firm in terms of branding and marketing. As clients are happier with fewer motions thrown out and faster progression of the case, they are more likely to make recommendations to the law firm. Additionally, with increased success in court, advertising campaigns can also benefit from higher success rates with cases.
The use of judicial analytics in courts is still relatively new. As data is developed on judges and court systems in California, lawyers have the advantage of learning more about the court before ever going to trial.