Monday, March 16, 2015

British courts to hand out eBay-style justice

UK could start eBay model of civil dispute resolution by 2017

British legal cases could soon be settled in an online court, similar to the system used to settle disputes on eBay. The virtual courtrooms could be used to settle civil claims of up to £25,000, according to proposals submitted by the Civil Justice Council. 
"When a conflict is handled using ODR [online dispute resolution], a traditional courtroom or hearing room is not employed," the report states. "Instead, the process of settling a dispute is entirely or largely conducted across the internet. In other words, dispute resolution services are made available as a type of online service.