The future of courts

The future of courts 14 March 2013

Justice is essential to the well-being of people. Yet all over the world, judges feel the pressures of a changing society. They are faced with ever more challenges, such as bigger workloads, increasingly complex cases, a jungle of rules, budget constraints, citizens demanding fast and affordable justice, pressure from governments and sometimes even outright threats.

Although each of these challenges seems enough to warrant a burnout, judges all over the world still manage to settle disputes in a fair and balanced way.

HiiL has been exploring what is needed to make sure that courts continue to do so in the future and investigate further steps to improve their performance. Together with court professionals and stakeholders, we will be mapping the challenges currently faced by the judiciary and what’s in store for tomorrow’s judges. We explored how these challenges can be turned into opportunities and how judges can be supported so that they can focus all their attention on what matters most: delivering great justice for all.

We explored what innovation can bring to the table, in order to ensure that quality is safeguarded; quality of rulings, quality of the rule of law, quality of citizens’ life and last but not least the quality of life for the professionals who do the hard work.

This is done by bringing together academic insights, practitioners’ views, interactive workshops, an online forum and frequent blogs focusing on sub-themes. It will result in a comprehensive Trend Report, as well as a large-scale forum (to be held in December

Gradually, the contours of the future of courts is emerging.

Great value of courts

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Challenges for courts

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Effective labour courts

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Procedural reform

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Cost-effective courts

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Not just legal code

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Generalists and specialists

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Effective divorce courts

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ADR and problem-solving

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Courts and religion

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Court strategies

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Resolving business disputes

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Evidence-based procedures

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International criminal courts

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Coping with backlogs

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Courts and power politics

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Accountability and transparency

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Courts and big data

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Judicial creativity

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The future of courts

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