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If Data is the New Oil, Dispute Advice and Resolution Needs a New Engine

It is a bit hackneyed to say that data is the new oil. This usually refers to its commercial value – amply demonstrated by the digital behemoth that is Google. However, in public policy terms data may more be new oil in terms of a lubricant that calls for a re-engineeering  of services from information … Continue reading If Data is the New Oil, Dispute Advice and Resolution Needs a New Engine

Remote Courts: more research, more consultation and more Ministerial involvement

One more body – the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory – has published a rapid review of court remote hearings. This supplements that by Joe Tomlinson and the Public Law Project on administrative law and by Natalie Byrom on civil. The Observatory study has the advantage of judicial involvement – around a quarter of respondents to … Continue reading Remote Courts: more research, more consultation and more Ministerial involvement

Remote Courts: a must-read

If you are interested in remote courts then you should read, in full, the report of the Civil Justice Council released last week. This was funded by the Legal Education Foundation (LEF) and written by Dr Natalie Byrom, its Director of Research and Learning. Even were this website not funded by the LEF, I would … Continue reading Remote Courts: a must-read

Technology and Innovation: the strange case of the missing Ministry

The British state is not having a great pandemic. For example, there are, confusingly, five tests for four levels of alert to be determined by a Joint Biosecurity Centre which seems yet to exist. A blanket quarantine period has been imposed on all entrants to the country, even those (like most of the world) with … Continue reading Technology and Innovation: the strange case of the missing Ministry