BILETA: The British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association does like to promote a more global conference than just British and Irish issues, delegates and indeed venues - so BILETA 2010 comes to Vienna and the remarkable central buildings of the Universität Wien.
Starting with parallel sessions, Moira MacMillan presented a paper co-authored with Martin Jones, both from Glasgow Caledonian University. Following a historical overview of land registration in Scotland, Moira illustrated how an enabling Electronic Communications Order has allowed certain documents to be registered online.
There has been a low take up of ARTL online transactions amongst Scottish solicitors - in part driven by the need for both parties to be using the same system. The Law Society of Scotland has set up a mandate system to allow solicitors to use an e-signature on behalf of clients for the ARTL system. The e-signatures are provided to solicitors by Registers of Scotland as the sole certification service provider. 95% of deeds that could be registered with ARTL are still lodged as physical paper writs, illustrating a low take up, but proposals are in place from the Scottish Law Commission to amend the law in this area.
Moira suggested that there was a missed opportunity by not including electronic missives in the original 2006 ARTL Order and encouraging a wider use by reducing time and cost.
Discussion took place with the audience about whether a new driver is required: to educate the new generation and promote future by the lawyers of tomorrow; or whether a stronger drive to move from electronic registration to full electronic conveyancing is needed.