Court Innovations and Access to Justice in Times of Crisis
Tania Sourdin , Bin Li , Donna Marie McNamara, Court Innovations and Access to Justice in Times of Crisis, Health Policy and Technology (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hlpt.2020.08.020
23 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2020
Date Written: August 31, 2020
COVID-19 has disrupted not only the health sector but also justice systems. Courts around the world have had to respond quickly to the challenges presented by the pandemic and the associated social distancing restrictions. his has created significant challenges for the justice system and such challenges are likely to be further compounded in the post-pandemic era as there is a ‘tsunami’ of COVID-19-related disputes predicted. This article argues that courts should embrace newer technologies that support court services while being mindful of possible tech-related issues that can impact on justice objectives. We argue that by placing further emphasis on alternative dispute resolution methods and ODR into the future, this might offset the likely tsunami of COVID-related litigation which would enable courts, hospitals, medical professionals and patients to settle disputes in a just, equitable and more efficient manner.
Keywords: court innovations, dispute resolution, healthcare dispute resolution, COVID-19, disruptive technology
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