Category Archives: Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals

The Online Solutions Court: Follow the Money

There were two surprises at the Sixth National Forum on Access to Justice for those without Means held in London and organised through the aegis of a committee of the Civil Justice Council concerned with litigants in person. The first was positive: the speakers included some who were not British. The second less so: there … Continue reading The Online Solutions Court: Follow the Money

Grappling with the ‘billion dollar question’: does ODR affect outcomes?

Recently published research on the criminal justice digitalisation programme (discussed in a previous post) raised what it called ‘the billion dollar question’: ‘do virtual hearings affect outcomes?’ Alas, definitive findings on this crucial issue were understandably beyond the charity, Transform Justice, responsible. It reported that ‘there is no information since 2010 for police station-court links, … Continue reading Grappling with the ‘billion dollar question’: does ODR affect outcomes?

Her Majesty’s Court Service: trouble ahead for the online criminal court?

Halt ‘the expansion of virtual justice (video and telephone) for defendants until we have more research on its impact,’ says a hard-hitting report from the charity Transform Justice (TJ) published yesterday. The Guardian reported a generic defence from the Ministry of Justice: ‘We are investing more than £1bn to transform and modernise our court system. … Continue reading Her Majesty’s Court Service: trouble ahead for the online criminal court?

Small Claims: exploring solutions

The Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) in Canada’s British Columbia gets global coverage as the first operational online formal small claims jurisdiction. And, indeed, from 1 June 2017, the tribunal has had small claims jurisdiction over most matters to a value of $CAN5,000 (£3044). However, in some ways, the most interesting aspect of the tribunal is … Continue reading Small Claims: exploring solutions

Technology and Access to Justice: the end of the beginning?

Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) looked set fair little more than five years ago to become a world leader in the commercial provision of access to justice for low income clients. In 2011, its then newly appointed director, Christina Blacklaws, announced: ‘we … want to push the boundaries in delivering advice in other ways for people … Continue reading Technology and Access to Justice: the end of the beginning?