A speech earlier this month from the Senior President of Tribunals for England and Wales looked dull enough. Entitled ‘Securing Open Justice’, it set before the Max Planck Institute in Luxembourg – safely out of the jurisdiction – a contemporary assessment of what Sir Ernest Ryder saw as the current issues. But, what it reveals … Continue reading Digitalising Courts is More than a Management Issue.
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?
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’
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?
Just: Transcription, a London-based start up social enterprise rejected by the Ministry of Justice for a contract for tech-based court judgement transcription because of its precarious finances as a newly formed organisation, has secured funding from a prestigious social tech foundation to develop its work. The story of Just:’s rejection by the Ministry is told … Continue reading It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over