Tag Archives: Ministry of Justice

Assistance with digital ODR: singing from one songsheeet

Two recently published reports discuss the degree and nature of assistance that users require in dealing with ODR provision within the official court process. Both relate to the proposals in England and Wales for an online court system, particularly in relation to small claims. One is from the advocacy group, JUSTICE and entitled Preventing Digital … Continue reading Assistance with digital ODR: singing from one songsheeet

The Legal Aid Review in England and Wales: Four Starters

The legal aid cuts implemented by the Coalition Government in 2012 through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASP)) were severe. Their prime aim was intended to ‘make significant savings to the cost of the scheme’.  And they did – reducing expenditure by about a third. Now the Ministry of Justice … Continue reading The Legal Aid Review in England and Wales: Four Starters

Online Courts: More Doubts in High Places

This is an shortened version of a letter to: Lucy Frazer QC MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice Ministry of Justice from Bob Neill MP, conservative MP and chair of the House of Commons Justice Committee. It indicates the growing level of concern at the online proposals; the court sales necessary to fund them; and the … Continue reading Online Courts: More Doubts in High Places

Online courts in England and Wales: six proposals to see off a gathering storm

The implementation of the online court programme in England and Wales is not going quite a smoothly as followers of Her Majesty’s Court Service blog on developments might believe. Not only are their signs of judicial unease at aspects of the programme – see the recent speech of the President of Tribunals – there are … Continue reading Online courts in England and Wales: six proposals to see off a gathering storm

The Danger of the Unexamined: courts, evaluation, and Agile

The dominance of Agile as a methodology for technological development may have an unintended consequence. The ‘Just do it’ approach can downgrade the importance of three critical elements in a any project management process: initial goal setting, consideration of principled implications; and critical evaluation of the final product. The result: success (if the application is … Continue reading The Danger of the Unexamined: courts, evaluation, and Agile