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

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Tania Sourdin

University of Newcastle (Australia) - Newcastle Law School

Bin Li

University of Newcastle (Australia) - Newcastle Law School

Donna McNamara

Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle NSW

Date Written: August 31, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Sourdin, Tania and Li, Bin and McNamara, Donna, Court Innovations and Access to Justice in Times of Crisis (August 31, 2020). 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, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3683556

Tania Sourdin (Contact Author)

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Bin Li

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Donna McNamara

Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle NSW ( email )

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Australia

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