Launch of Remote Courts Worldwide
The Society for Computers and Law has joined with HMCTS and the Tech Nation, LawTech Delivery Panel to establish Remote Courts Worldwide, a global initiative to help public court services cope with coronavirus and support the development of remote alternatives to traditional court hearings
As the coronavirus spreads, law courts around the world are closing. To ensure ongoing access to justice, governments and judiciaries are rapidly introducing various forms of ‘remote court’ - audio hearings (largely by telephone), video hearings (for example, by Skype and Zoom), and paper hearings (decisions delivered on the basis of paper submissions). At remarkable speed, new methods and techniques are being developed.
To help accelerate this global transformation in court service, Remote Courts Worldwide has been designed to help the global community of justice workers (judges, lawyers, court officials, litigants, court technologists) to share their experiences of developing remote alternatives to traditional court hearings in physical buildings. The initiative will capture and consolidate best practice as the global community of justice workers can share their experience and protect against an unnecessary duplication of effort across the world.
Remote Courts Worldwide is a collaborative project, involving the Society for Computers and Law, the UK LawTech Delivery Panel, and HMCTS. It also builds on the community built at the First International Forum on Online Courts, held in London in December 2018, when 300 people from 26 countries came together to talk about using technology to transform the work of courts.