Longtime mediator, Graham Ross of The Mediation Room has reflected on his attempt to use the Beta version of the procedure for a money claim in the online small claims court for England and Wales. He has published his thoughtful account in the Infolaw newsletter. His argument is summarised in a tweet by Delia Venables, … Continue reading Online Small Claims Courts in England and Wales: ‘ no real benefits to users without lawyers on full retainer’
This is an edited version of a personal submission to the influential Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons which is seeking evidence on the Court Modernisation programme following a critical report by the National Audit Office. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called for written evidence on the court modernisation programme. In its statement on the scope … Continue reading Digitalisation and the Courts of England and Wales
Online Dispute Resolution may take two forms in relation to court processes relevant to those on low incomes. On the one hand, it can be integrated within the adjudicatory processes of a court or tribunal. That is the model of our own proposed Online Small Claims Court and British Columbia’s Civil Resolution Tribunal. Alternatively, ODR … Continue reading Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) and Access to Justice
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
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?