The legal communication network today is characterized by two features. Any communication network in this century is marked by a division between the extent to which there is a man involved and the extent to which there is a machine involved. And, in terms of emphasis at this stage of things, at least within law, the emphasis is heavily upon the man communicating messages and relatively less upon the machine. The interesting question is, What is going on within this network that is amenable to being handled by machine and what, among those things, is it wise to do that way? A second and limiting characteristic of the legal communication network arises from the fact that we restrict ourselves to the English language as virtually our sole means of communication, which limits the use we can make of machines. It may be that we will begin to use some slightly modified or even radically modified languages in our communications.
Publication Information & Recommended Citation
Allen, Layman E. "Computer Systems for Research." In The Law of Computers, edited by G. Holmes and C. Norville. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1971.