Tag Archives: Modernising the Courts

Court Modernisation, Empiricism and Digital Exclusion

32 institutions and individuals had submitted evidence to the House of Commons Judiciary Committee in relation to Court and Tribunal reforms by the end of 8th April. Dipping in and out of these reveals a number of themes and a number of specific areas of concern from preservation of the rule of law (Public Law … Continue reading Court Modernisation, Empiricism and Digital Exclusion

Court Modernisation: research, consultancy and measurement

We know how the court modernisation programme  for England and Wales will end. Some equivalent of George W Bush will proclaim on a stand in for the USS Abraham Lincoln that the mission has been  triumphantly accomplished. The reality in the courts, as in world politics, is likely to be more complex. One reason that … Continue reading Court Modernisation: research, consultancy and measurement

Access to Justice and Modernising the Courts: the sound of one hand clapping

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service has replied today to the high level House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the access to justice evaluation of its court modernisation programme. Read it and hear the sound of one hand clapping. The command of the PAC was for the HMCTS ‘to write to the Committee … Continue reading Access to Justice and Modernising the Courts: the sound of one hand clapping

ODR in the courts: in prison the one time it could have been the champion of the world

Remember that old song of Bob Dylan’s about Hurricane Carter? It contains the lines – ‘the authorities … put  him in a prison cell the one time he could a-been The Champion of the world.’  They have intermittently resonated around my head for over 40 years. The words came back as I walked down to St Paul’s … Continue reading ODR in the courts: in prison the one time it could have been the champion of the world

ODR: summer in Melbourne is winter in London

Happy the few who could attend Victoria University’s Sir Zelman Cowen Centre symposium on Online Dispute Resolution: the State of the Art this week. The afternoon Melbourne temperature was reported as a balmy 20C or 70F.  Meanwhile, here in London, it got quite close to freezing. And not only the weather was better in Australia. … Continue reading ODR: summer in Melbourne is winter in London