The Legal Aid Agency is hoping to be completely digitalised by the end of 2016, it has revealed.
Catherine Little, the agency's finance and performance director, says almost two-thirds of its transactions are already processed digitally.
Talking at the yearly legal aid conference run by the Law Society she said the agency is hoping to go completely digital over the next 18 months.
But Little admitted that with much of the agency's work relating to vulnerable sections of society, it may not be practical to go completely digital in all areas of its work.
The senior executive said the agency is working on a digital app that would allow lawyers to submit a bill for their services online.
Solicitors are also set to be able to use their Apple and Android devices to access their Criminal Justice Secure eMail accounts, which enable them to send messages containing sensitive information.
Copyright Press Association 2015