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Any discussion about presumptions in law would be incomplete without mentioning the presumption of innocence. It is a provision which enshrines rights inherent in the common law, and lies, as O’Regan J remarked in S v Coetzee and Others 1997 (4) BCLR 437 (CC), at the very “heart” of “our law relating to crime and punishment”.
Conducting legal research can be tedious, monotonous and time-consuming, but performing timely and comprehensive legal research is critically important for lawyers. AI systems certainly aid lawyers by performing legal research on relevant case law and applicable statutes faster and more thoroughly than most lawyers may be able to do on their own.
Case selection in the field of law reporting is an extremely important part of publishing. The selection of cases that are current, important, topical and precedent setting is the basis for publishing a commercially sustainable and useful law report series.
In April the Legal Practice Council recorded a profound and direct effect on the sustainability and viability of law practices in its assessment of the Covid-19 Lockdown on legal practitioners’ practices.¹