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  • Courts and ADR: is the alternative becoming the standard?

    03 June 2013

    ADR came about as an alternative to litigation. In a way it is a catchall name for methods, roles and perspectives which are less adversarial and focus more on people, problems and interests, rather than legal claims and procedural formalities (like negotiation, mediation, arbitration, collaborative law, etc.)

  • True-to-life videoconferencing in courts

    30 May 2013

    Videoconferencing for courts is about changing the law, implementing technology, adapting working procedures for court and prison staff, raising awareness amongst legal professionals and about being true-to-life.

  • Not just legal code - beyond making and interpreting rules

    Not just legal code - beyond making and interpreting rules 06 May 2013

    Delivering fair and effective procedures is a complicated task. International criminal courts, such as the ICC and the ICTY dealing with the atrocities in former Yugoslavia, need to ensure that witnesses are found, brought to a place where they can be heard and are protected. High quality legal analysis has to be provided, by vast teams of legal officers, who have to be trained, supervised and motivated.

  • Damage insurance claims online

    23 April 2013

    A successful innovation is providing victims of accidents with an online, web-based option to claim their damages with the insurance company. The service is based on personal contact focused on the problems and needs of the claimant, as well as the system that contains calculation and business rules showing the claimant instantly an indication of the compensation to be expected.

  • High speed innovation of employment courts and tribunals

    05 April 2013

    Too many labour cases end up as a lawyer's dream and an employer's nightmare. Employees feel abused and confused by elements of procedures. Labour economists want a system that improves productivity, flexibility, incentives to learn, investments in training and better access to jobs for women and the young. We all want to avoid strikes, having to leave our homes after a dismissal, golden parachutes, seeing a colleague fossilise behind their desk, equality and a great deal of respect.

  • Minimising the social welfare impact of crime

    04 April 2013

    Virtually all criminal justice systems conflate the justice and welfare aspects of crime. Separating the justice and welfare aspects of crime into two ministries is better at both meting out justice and promoting welfare. The end result is a ministry devoted exclusively to the welfare aspects of crime.