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

Forum Sponsors:
Tyler Technologies 

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

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

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

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)

9:15:                    Introduction by Susan Acland-Hood and Richard Susskind (co-chairs)

9:30:                    Welcome address by the Lord Chief Justice

9:50:                    Country Presentations: Examples of Advanced Digital Court Reform

11:10:                  Coffee break and “around the world” market stalls

11:30:                  Global Panel: snapshots from around the world followed by Q&A from Susan, Richard and the audience

12:30:                  Lunch and networking

13:30:                  Afternoon address by the Lord Chancellor

14:00:                  Breakout session with rapporteurs where countries will share key points from their digital court reform programmes.

15:00:                  Coffee break and “around the world” market stalls

15:20:                  Feedback from breakout session via rapporteurs

16:30:                  Close of Day 1 – Susan and Richard

18:30:                  The SCL Sir Brian Neill Lecture, to be given by Shannon Salter, Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada

19:30:                  Forum Dinner

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.

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

9:15:                    Morning Discussion 1 – Open Justice and Fair Trials (Chair, Lord Briggs)

10:30:                  Coffee

10:50:                  Morning Discussion 2 – Technology Platforms and Obstacles (Chair TBC)

12:05:                  Lunch

13:00:                  Afternoon Discussion 3 – Artificial Intelligence (Chair, Christina Blacklaws)

14:15:                 Tea

14:30:                  Afternoon Discussion 4 – Challenges for Policymakers (Chair, Professor Dame Hazel Genn)

15.45:                Forum Summary and Analysis - Lord Justice Ryder

16:15:                 Reflections (Susan and Richard)

16:30:                 End of the Forum

Forum Sponsors:
Tyler Technologies 

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“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.

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

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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