Tag Archives: civil resolution tribunal

ODR in the courts: surveying the field

An impressive range of jurisdictions were assembled by the Society for Computers and Law (SCL) and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) for its ‘First International Forum on Online Courts’. There were 10 formal speakers (and that included one on the whole of the United States) in the first of its two days. They … Continue reading ODR in the courts: surveying the field

Court Modernisation in England and Wales: decoding two new reports

For those following the juggernaut that is Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service’s online court programme for England and Wales, there are two new must-read publications. The first is the latest update on the reform programme. The second is a research report on implementing video hearings in tax appeals. Those with more detailed professional or … Continue reading Court Modernisation in England and Wales: decoding two new reports

Online Small Claims Courts in England and Wales: ‘ no real benefits to users without lawyers on full retainer’

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’

Digitalisation and the Courts of England and Wales

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 (ODR) and Access to Justice

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