Law firm Pinsent Masons has brought together members of the judiciary and experts from the IT industry to pioneer a new e-training programme.
The hope is that it will speed up the judicial process and cut costs in the region's courts.
The pilot programme, which was attended by more than 15 judges from around the country, took place at Pinsent Masons' offices in Birmingham.
It focused on electronic disclosure - the gathering and exchanging of electronically generated and stored documents such as emails, word documents, excel spreadsheets, audio files and databases.
In 2005 the Civil Procedure Rules which govern the way cases are conducted in England and Wales laid down new guidelines on the use of electronically generated documents in litigation cases. However, two years on there is growing concern that the rules are ambiguous and the process is both time consuming and expensive. According to a recent survey of 1,000 litigators 43 per cent believed that the rules had not had a positive impact whilst 56 per cent said they had led to increased costs in conducting cases. According to the survey one in four edisclosure cases cost more than £1 million.
His Honour Judge Simon Brown QC, Specialist Mercantile Judge at Birmingham Civil Justice Centre, commented: "It is essential that all involved in dispute resolution urgently get to grips with the enormous burdens and costs now being caused by the proliferation of electronic data before they overwhelms us.
"The key to resolving disputes efficiently lies in being able to quickly identify only those pieces of data out of a mountain of information that are significant and decisive in any case.
"The courts will be pro-active at an early stage of case management in helping to achieve this objective with a view to dealing with cases justly and reducing the great expense that is the blight of civil litigation."
Mark Surguy, senior associate at Pinsent Masons and one of the pioneers of the initiative, added: "The huge volumes of electronically generated evidence pose a real challenge to the legal profession and to its clients.
"The initiative has been warmly welcomed by the region's judiciary and we hope this pioneering initiative will be used by other courts in the country and will lead to clear statements of best practice."