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
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 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
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?