First International Forum on Online Courts: “The cutting edge of digital reform” - Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 December 2018, London

When: 03-04/12/2018

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Call for expressions of interest

Date: Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 December 2018
Hosted by:
DLA Piper UK LLP, Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate, London, EC1A 4DD.
Attendance fee: Free of charge

Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive, HM Courts & Tribunals Service
Professor Richard Susskind OBE FRSE, President of SCL

Welcome speech to be given by:
The Right Honourable the Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Event outline
Day 1: Exploring progress around the world
Day 2: Looking at policy and technical challenges.

We are delighted to announce the first international forum on online courts which will take place in London on 3rd and 4th December 2018.

Today’s technologies present us with a once in a generation opportunity to modernise and upgrade our justice systems around the world. We can bring modern technology and innovation into our courts to enhance both their accessibility and their efficiency, and to provide wholly new routes to justice.

The six-year court reform programme in England and Wales is just one element in a wave of change affecting many different jurisdictions. The Society for Computers and Law and HM Courts & Tribunals Service believe that each jurisdiction can learn from the experience and innovations of the others. 

The first international forum on online courts aims to facilitate exchanges of best practice and some of the lessons learned and act as a foundation for the building of a community for those involved in major digital court reform.

This Forum will give participants the opportunity to:

• showcase their work in digital court services reform;

• learn from the experience of other jurisdictions in this area;

• debate the shared policy, social, and technical challenges we face;

• discuss new technological developments and opportunities;

• network with like-minded leaders in digital court reform, and discuss potential collaborations; and

• help create an active, ongoing an international digital court services reform community.

We invite the digital court reform world to London for this unique event.

“I have no doubt that the work of courts around the world will increasingly be conducted online. Here indeed will lie the key to providing greater access to justice. I am therefore hugely excited that the Society for Computers and Law is co-hosting this pioneering international gathering devoted to online courts.”  Professor Richard Susskind OBE FRSE, President of the Society for Computers and Law, Forum Co-Chair.

 “In designing and delivering a programme to transform the justice system in England and Wales, HMCTS have looked closely at the experience of other jurisdictions and we’re looking forward to the Forum bringing together key leaders across the world to share experiences, debate ideas and create new collaborations and partnerships.” Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive of HM Courts & Tribunals Service, Forum Co-Chair.

At this point we are inviting expressions of interest in attending the Forum only. Please note that expressing interest in attending the Forum does not guarantee your place. If successful, you will be notified by email and you will receive joining details.

This event is aimed at policy-makers, court officials, judges, lawyers and senior academics. Space at this event is limited. Attendance at the Forum is free of charge.

To express your interest in attending this event and for all media and general enquiries please email

Sponsorship opportunities: First International Forum on Online Courts – the cutting edge of digital reform

This trailblazing event will attract key legal decision-makers, senior policy-makers and thought-leaders from around the globe.

Our special sponsorship packages not only provide a golden opportunity for you to showcase your organisation and cement your reputation but also to support this ground-breaking event and help us shape the future of Online Courts reform.

Read more about the packages available at our Sponsorship Page

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the Society for Computers and Law to change the content/timing of the programme and/or speakers.

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