Introduction: The Future of Access to Justice – Beyond Science Fiction
in: Xandra Kramer, Alexandre Biard, Jos Hoevenaars and Erlis Themeli, New Pathways to Civil Justice, Springer 2021
16 Pages Posted: 24 May 2021
Date Written: November 30, 2020
Access to civil justice has been on the research and policy agenda for a num-ber of decades. Nevertheless, old hurdles – including costs and delays – continue to challenge access to justice, while changes in the justice system and society – the rapid technological advancement at the forefront – create both new challeng-es and opportunities. At the national, European and international level develop-ments are taking place that merit comprehensive study and discussion. These evolve around four key issues that are central in this book: digitisation and in particular the use of AI in courts; privatisation of civil justice by means of ADR; increased self-representation and its repercussion on the civil justice system and legal professions; and increased specialisation of courts and procedures.
This Introductory chapter this discusses these four topics within the framework of European civil procedure and access to justice. It addresses the papers included in this book and draws some conclusions on future pathways and new frontiers in civil justice.
Keywords: civil justice, access to justice, digitilisation, artificial intelligence, ADR, ODR, self-representation, court specialisation, international commercial courts
JEL Classification: K12, K 40, K41, K42, K49
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