Thursday, 23 November 2017 2:02pm
Can online courts aid the struggle to provide affordable and accessible ways to resolve civil disputes? To help answer this question, the New Zealand Law Foundation has awarded the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre team, led by Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin, a grant of $101,000 to examine how litigants can explain their disputes clearly enough for use in an online resolution process. The study involves a multi-disciplinary team, including Centre Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Bridget Irvine, who comes from a law and psychology background, Dr Tatiana Tkacukova, a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Birmingham City University, and Associate Professor Sally Jo Cunningham and Dr David Nichols, who specialise in Human Computer Interaction at Waikato University. The team will look at how lay people translate justiciable disputes into legally coherent claims and what innovations might help them explain their disputes to an online court, among other issues. Dr Toy-Cronin explains more about the project in her blog.