The paper reviews trends in the US, the UK, and Australia with the aim of forecasting "what will the courts look like in 20 years' time?"
Keep themes include:
- A changing context, including politics of payment for justice and professional technologies
- Virtualisation (virtual access to courts), online dispute resolution, and self-represented parties
- A data revolution
- Standardisation and globalisation
- Continuing importance of people in making courts function
Courts leaders need to display adaptability and foresight; they need to develop a keen understanding of the benefits of technology, both the technology available today and the new technology that will emerge tomorrow; and they need the courage and strength not only to defend the essential elements of their role in the community, but also to imagine a clear vision of how that role will evolve in the future to marry the best of IT-enabled services with justice that maintains and improves its reputation for transparency, timeliness and ease of access.
ALLA(WA) Committee Secretary - Megan Fitzgibbons.
Librarian, University of Western Australia.