eAccess to Justice (Introduction)

Karim Benyekhlef, Jane Bailey, Jacquelyn Burkell & Fabien Gélinas (eds), eAccess to Justice, Ottawa, University of Ottawa Press, 2016.

8 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2017

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Karim Benyekhlef

University of Montreal

Jane Bailey

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Jacquelyn Burkell

Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Fabien Gelinas

McGill University

Date Written: September 1, 2016

Abstract

Part I of this work focuses on the ways in which digitization projects can affect fundamental justice principles. It examines claims that technology will improve justice system efficiency and offers a model for evaluating e-justice systems that incorporates a broader range of justice system values. The emphasis is on the complicated relationship between privacy and transparency in making court records and decisions available online.

Part II examines the implementation of technologies in the justice system and the challenges it comes with, focusing on four different technologies: online court information systems, e-filing, videoconferencing, and tablets for presentation and review of evidence by jurors. The authors share a measuring enthusiasm for technological advances in the courts, emphasizing that these technologies should be implemented with care to ensure the best possible outcome for access to a fair and effective justice system.

Finally, Part III adopts the standpoints of sociology, political theory and legal theory to explore the complex web of values, norms, and practices that support our systems of justice, the reasons for their well-established resistance to change, and the avenues and prospects of eAccess. The chapters in this section provide a unique and valuable framework for thinking with the required sophistication about legal change.

Suggested Citation

Benyekhlef, Karim and Bailey, Jane and Burkell, Jacquelyn and Gelinas, Fabien, eAccess to Justice (Introduction) (September 1, 2016). Karim Benyekhlef, Jane Bailey, Jacquelyn Burkell & Fabien Gélinas (eds), eAccess to Justice, Ottawa, University of Ottawa Press, 2016.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2931382 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2931382

Karim Benyekhlef

University of Montreal ( email )

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Jane Bailey

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

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Jacquelyn Burkell

Faculty of Information and Media Studies ( email )

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Canada
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Fabien Gelinas (Contact Author)

McGill University ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A1W9
Canada

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