Category Archives: ODR

Online Dispute Resolution

Modernising the Courts: questionable values, insufficient irony and problematic presentation

A sense of irony is an unvalued quality among modern civil servants, at least here in London. The rising court manager of today is relentlessly on message, reflecting the style of a well-trained politician. This is dangerous – to policy development in the longterm and to to policy presentation in the short. Take the example … Continue reading Modernising the Courts: questionable values, insufficient irony and problematic presentation

A Social Enterprise, A Ministry of Justice and A Failed Attempt at Innovation

Rachael Mpashi-Marx, Director of Just:, recounts a frustrating experience with the Ministry of Justice for England and Wales which illustrates the wider issue, very likely relevant to the demise of the Retchtwijzer in The Netherlands, of conflicting cultures between innovators and government departments.  Perhaps we were naive to take them at their word, or maybe we are just … Continue reading A Social Enterprise, A Ministry of Justice and A Failed Attempt at Innovation

Capturing Innovation and observing competition in Legal Services: the Law Society reports

The Law Society of England and Wales has published the latest assessment by a legal professional body of technological innovation in its members’ markets: Capturing Technological Innovation in Legal Services. The Society is running pretty well neck and neck in the field with the American Bar Association.  The Society published its last assessment of the … Continue reading Capturing Innovation and observing competition in Legal Services: the Law Society reports

The Momentum Picks Up: a summary of technology and access to justice developments in the last quarter of 2016

LEF014 Winter Update_AW A review of developments over the last quarter of 2016 shows how the momentum of technological developments in the services of access to justice is picking up speed.  Seven themes emerge that are helpful in making sense of what is happening around the world. This is the most recent of a series … Continue reading The Momentum Picks Up: a summary of technology and access to justice developments in the last quarter of 2016

Online Divorce takes a step forward: Pity about the PR 

The legal professional press displayed a somewhat carping tone in stories this week about plans to implement online filing in divorce cases. In Transforming Our Justice System, the Ministry of Justice has committed itself to a programme which will leapfrog England and Wales into world leadership of the drive for online filing, processing and determination. … Continue reading Online Divorce takes a step forward: Pity about the PR