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

When: 04/12/2018
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Co-organised by Society for Computers and Law and HM Courts and Tribunals Service

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Date: Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 December 2018
Hosted by:
DLA Piper UK LLP, Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate, London, EC1A 4HT.

Co-Chairs: 
Susan Acland-Hood
, Chief Executive, HM Courts & Tribunals Service
Professor Richard Susskind OBE FRSE, President, Society for Computers and Law (SCL)

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

Dress code: Business casual attire

Forum venue: DLA Piper UK LLP, Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate, London, EC1A 4HT. Map

Programme:
Day One – Progress Internationally

The first day of the Forum will be devoted to finding out what is actually going on at the cutting edge of court technology around the world. The focus will be on online courts, including: submission of legal evidence and argument online, online decision-making by judges, ODR within court systems, online help and diagnostics for court users, and other advanced technologies. We will want answer to the following questions. What systems are up and running? What impact have they had and how is this being measured? How have they been funded and how much have they cost? What techniques and technologies are being used? What have been the main obstacles and how have they been overcome? What are the plans for the future?

8:15: Registration (tea, coffee and pastries)

9:00: Welcome by DLA - Opening welcome by Tom Heylen, London Managing Partner, DLA Piper and Mark O'Conor, Chair, Society for Computers and Law (SCL)

9:10: Introduction Susan Acland-Hood and Richard Susskind

9:20: Address by The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Rt Hon Lord Burnett of Maldon

9:35 - 10:45 – Country presentations

10:45 -11:00 – Address by The Lord Chancellor (and Secretary of State for Justice), Rt Hon David Gauke MP

11:00 -11:30 – Coffee

11:30 -12:15 – Country presentations

12:15 -13:00 – Global snapshots

13:00 -14:00 – Lunch break

14:00 -14:20 – Global snapshots

14:20 -15:10 – Melting Pot

 15:10 -15:40 – Coffee

15:40 -16:30 – Spontaneous Panel

16:30 - Close

Lecture and Dinner Venue
: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL. Map

SCL Sir Brian Neill Lecture,"Can Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Humanize the Justice System?"
To be given by Shannon Salter, Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada

Chair: Professor Richard Susskind OBE FRSE, President of the Society for Computers and Law
Welcome: Richard West, Partner, Kennedys
Venue
: Kelvin Lecture Theatre, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL. Map
Date: Monday 3 December 2018
Time
: 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Registration from 6.00 pm
Drinks from 7.30 pm to 8.15 pm
Lecture sponsored by Kennedys Law LLP.

First International Forum on Online Courts Dinner
Welcome: Tim Godwin OBE, QPM, Managing Director – Defense & Public Safety, Senior Policing Industry Executive, Accenture
Venue
: Riverside Room, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL. Map
Date
: Monday 3 December 2018
Time
: 8.15 pm
Dress code
: Business casual attire
Dinner sponsored by Accenture

Day Two – Looking forward
In the second half of the conference, we will look forward, into the 2020s, and discuss some of the central issues that will face policymakers, judges, technologists, and lawyers, who are planning or introducing online courts. The discussion will proceed in panels. Each will be chaired by leading legal figures from the UK, we will receive provocations by experts in each topic, with panellists then responding, and thereafter, there will contributions from the floor.

Forum Venue: DLA Piper UK LLP, Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate, London, EC1A 4HT. Map

9:00: Introduction by Susan Acland-Hood and Richard Susskind

9:15: Open Justice and Fair Trials
Chair: Lord Briggs, Justice of The Supreme Court

Speaker: Dr Orna Einy, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa, Israel

Panel:
Judge John Aitken, President of the Social Entitlement Chamber
Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar 

10:30: Coffee break

11:00: Technology Platforms and Obstacles
Chair: Joshua Rozenberg QC (hon), British legal commentator and journalist

Speaker: Caroline Sheppard OBE, Chief Adjudicator, Traffic Penalty Tribunal

Panel:
Chris Bentley, Managing Director, Legal Innovation Zone and Law Practice Program, Ryerson University, Toronto
Martin Stockdale, Partner, Kennedys

12:15: Lunch and networking

13:15: Artificial Intelligence
Chair: Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society of England and Wales

Speaker: Dr Sandra Wachter, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Panel: 
Orlando Conetta, Head of SmartDelivery, Pinsent Masons LLP
James Slessor, Global Managing Director, Accenture Public Safety 

14:30: Tea break

15:00: Challenges for Policymakers
Chair: Professor Dame Hazel Genn, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, Faculty of Laws, UCL

Speaker: Professor Pablo Cortés, Chair in Civil Justice, Leicester Law School, University of Leicester

Panel:
Dr Sadanand Date, Joint Secretary, eCourts, Justice-II, National Judicial Academy and eOffice, Ministry of Justice, India 
Amanda Finlay CBE, Chair of Law for Life

16.30: Forum Rapporteur - Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals

16:50: Close – Susan Acland-Hood and Richard Susskind

17:00: End of the Forum


sponsors:

Sponsorship opportunities: Show your organisations’ support for this trailblazing event by becoming a sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities start from just £1000. For more details please email maddie.southorn@scl.org or read more about the packages available on our sponsorship page.

For all media and general enquiries please email onlinecourtsforum@scl.org

“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.

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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