The Thursday Roundup

The Thursday Roundup is your source for the top three stories trending online and the Innovation Highlight – all related to justice innovation and access to justice. Each week, tune in for a review of the week’s biggest stories, as well as our focus-piece on a new and exciting innovation.

Legal Innovation in the News
Your Top Three Stories:

  • In this Attorney at Work Daily Dispatch post, Robert Denney reports on 2014’s hottest business trends in the practice of law. “Red hot” areas of law this year are Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, and Technology. What’s getting hot? Elder Law. And keep an eye out for Immigration law, which is sure to get “hot” in the U.S. now that President Obama has announced executive action.
  • ICYMI: Last month, BC’s Civil Resolution Tribunal launched its Implementation Website to keep British Columbians informed on the progress of Canada’s first online tribunal. You can use the site to learn about how the tribunal will work, or just check out  the growing list of blog posts and articles on various technology and other related A2J issues. The Civil Resolution Tribunal will be available online in 2015 as a voluntary dispute resolution tool for parties with small claims disputes as well as strata owners and tenants.

This Week’s Innovation Highlight:
The Highlight this week is: Timeliness Project. The Timeliness Project is being conducted by Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI), at Monash University. This project addresses the old adage that ‘justice delayed is justice denied.’ The project aims to develop an objective theoretical framework for the assessment of timeliness in the Australian Justice System. The Timleliness Project has three phases.

First, the ACJI issued a Background Report that assesses the current expediency of the Australian legal system with a focus on civil cases and tribunals. The Report also assesses whether past innovations, particularly in case management, have been successful. Further, the Report canvassess international standards, such as those established Boston Municipal Court Department.

Second, the ACJI held a two-day Conference in May, 2014 with prominent Judges and professors presenting on current projects and proposing new innovations. At the Conference, the panel considered how innovations in technology, case management, litigant obligations, processes and organization can be altered to enhance expedient dispute resolution. For example, The Honourable Justice Peter Vickery presented on Redcrest, the online filing system in Australian courts.

Third, the Timeliness Project will produce a Final Report that incorporates the discussions during the Conference. The Winkler Institute eagerly awaits their findings and suggestions.