The government has announced that courtrooms in England in Wales will be fully digital in three years' time in a £160m plan to improve the efficiency and speed of the criminal justice system.
Secure wi-fi is to be installed in order for judges and solicitors to access all relevant documents, and a file not being in court should no longer cause an adjournment.
Justice Minister Damian Green said the aim of the plan is to transform the courts system into a modern public service.
He added: "Every year the courts and Crown Prosecution Service use roughly 160 million sheets of paper.
"Stacked up this would be the same as 15 Mount Snowdons - literally mountains of paper. If we are to win in the global race this must change. It is time we move the court system into the 21st Century.
"This investment will help us get rid of our outdated paper-based system, and turn our criminal justice system into a digital and modern public service."
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