Category Archives: Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals

Online Courts and the fear of ‘Managed Decline’

A video  of a University College, London conference in February on The Case for Online Courts still provides a good briefing about the issues involved. Participants included some of the major players – the legendary Richard Susskind, head of the Court and Tribunal Service Susan Acland-Hood, Senior Tribunal President and Court of Appeal judge Sir Ernest … Continue reading Online Courts and the fear of ‘Managed Decline’

We can see clearly now … Online Courts and Disruption

  The line between the role of the courts and the preliminary identification of causes of action ready for Online Dispute Resolution has been highlighted both in a speech by senior judge, Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, and also in a very practical way at an innovative hackathon held last weekend. Sir Terence … Continue reading We can see clearly now … Online Courts and Disruption

Online Courts:  unintended consequences; unconsidered transparency?

The creation of an online court for England and Wales merging tribunal and court jurisdictions will bring a greater degree of transparency to some of the murkier areas of currently different jurisdictions and, indeed, invite some international comparison on our government’s efficiency. First, in relation to social security claims, there is what is little short … Continue reading Online Courts:  unintended consequences; unconsidered transparency?

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