Tag Archives: Modernising the Courts

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

HM Courts and Tribunals: today’s public user event

What happened when the grumpy old commentator made his way to the Ministry of justice to meet the altogether more youthful and enthusiastic staff of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service at a ‘Public User Event’ this morning? Well, certainly not a Pauline moment of conversion and a heaven-rending shout of repentance. Nor, however, a … Continue reading HM Courts and Tribunals: today’s public user event

Activists Speaking 7: Catrina’s Story – Catrina Denvir, Researcher

I am an empirical researcher in the field of legal services, technology and access to justice. I spent the last few years in Belfast as Director of the Legal Innovation Centre at Ulster University and am about to return to my native Australia to take up a position as Senior Lecturer at Monash University. I … Continue reading Activists Speaking 7: Catrina’s Story – Catrina Denvir, Researcher

Online Court Plans: now you see them – now you don’t

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), responsible for court administration in England and Wales, pays considerable attention to public presentation of its online court modernisation programme, which it boasts as the most ambitious in the world. The previous blog  questioned its somewhat relentless optimism. Now, we discover (credit here for Legal Futures that first raised this) … Continue reading Online Court Plans: now you see them – now you don’t