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The Rise of Digital Justice: Courtroom Technology, Public Participation and Access to Justice

Jane Donoghue

The Modern Law Review, Volume: 80, Issue: 6, Pages: 995 - 1025

Swansea University Author: Jane Donoghue

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This article addresses a little discussed yet fundamentally important aspect of legal technological transformation: the rise of digital justice in the courtroom. Against the backdrop of the government’s current programme of digital court modernisation in England and Wales, it examines the implicatio...

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Published in: The Modern Law Review
ISSN: 00267961
Published: 2017
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description This article addresses a little discussed yet fundamentally important aspect of legal technological transformation: the rise of digital justice in the courtroom. Against the backdrop of the government’s current programme of digital court modernisation in England and Wales, it examines the implications of advances in courtroom technology for fair and equitable public participation, and access to justice. The article contends that legal reforms have omitted any detailed consideration of the type and quality of citizen participation in newly digitised court processes which have fundamental implications for the legitimacy and substantive outcomes of court-based processes; and for enhancing democratic procedure through improved access to justice. It is argued that although digital court tools and systems offer great promise for enhancing efficiency, participation and accessibility, they simultaneously have the potential to amplify the scope for injustice, and to attenuate central principles of the legal system, including somewhat paradoxically, access to justice.
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